One typed page

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While it’s not the digital collapse many of you read in Cold Hard Type, it feels like the world is collapsing around us, especially if you’re shuttered in, keeping your social distance. Many of us writers are naturally distant, often letting our written words speak our minds. Your brain is just wired that way. And for good reason! We need people who can structure thoughts and ideas, then write a compelling story so others can make sense of the world. It’s easy to stop writing when the seams are coming apart and the world’s supply of toilet paper seems to have dried up. Don’t! Get a clean hanky, wipe away your tears and write. Write like the world depends on your words. Write like a warrior who is fighting for their survival. Write, because if you don’t, you’ll end up in a dark corner, balled up and sobbing.

But that won’t happen, because you’re the typewriter type who punches keys and makes the hammer strike. The force of your fingers is the force of will that conquers the page. Close your web browser, turn off the news, mute your feeds and get on the typewriter.

It doesn’t matter what you write, just get an hour or a page a day. You might already be in a project, great! If not, plumb your thoughts or grab an idea from one of these prompts (https://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/). Or, use this time to expunge those baddies as outlined in The Writing Cure. Whatever it is, strap on, because the only way through, is you getting on the keyboard and typing it out.

Submit your page

Now comes the challenge. Sure, all this sounds good in theory, but are you ready to put it into practice? If these were normal times, keeping these rough typed pages to yourself might be best. I mean, who wants to read that rubbish, right? However, right now, it’s not rubbish. It’s life. It means you’re alive, thinking, breathing, writing. If your only purpose right now is that one typed page, that’s all that matters. We want to read it. We want to know that you’re OK. We want to feel that we’re not alone.

I’ve created a new site called, One Typed Page, to share our pages. Send me your page. Half a page. Quarter of a page. Doesn’t matter. Snap a picture with your phone. Each day I’ll post what I get. Send as often you want. But don’t just stop at one. If not for your benefit, then perhaps your page will inspire others to say yes to life. I won’t post your name. You can include it on the typed page if you want, but otherwise you’ll be anonymous. I recommend setting up a new email account with any of the freebies and send it under a made up name. Whether you send anonymous or not, be sure to set the photo resolution to medium.

Send your one typed page to:
submissions@typewriterreview.com

(Medium resolution from your phone, or 960×1280 pixels from other)

GUIDELINES & DISCLAIMER

Read One Typed Pages at your own risk. While it’s the intention of this site to provide hope & healing, pages submitted may claw at your nerves, cause bouts of asphyxiation, dizziness, drowsiness or excitability. All content submitted will be covered by Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal, unless otherwise noted by the author.

8 comments

  1. Excellent! I look forward to reading submissions…not sure I can come up with anything of value but will give it thought. One point – the word “keyboard” is used. When I was taking typing class in the ’60’s I don’t recall the term ever used. “Keys” but not keyboard. Granted, we can’t submit anything via a typewriter but I’d like to think that we can. Perhaps, composing and typing it on a typewriter then keying it in on a new-fangled electronic contraption so others can read it…and, with luck they’ll see it as having been typed in the tried and true fashion – on a typewriter (the older the better!) (wish computers would allow strike-overs as I use that “feature” so often on a typewriter. 🙂
    I wish everyone health, happiness and good typing as we manage (and, we will manage) on our individual desert islands.
    Hugh

  2. *Off topic*
    I have waited for a new one of these submissions in this blog! I love it. I am currently contemplating on getting an erika or optima. Maybe one of those or a triumph or groma. Do you have any advice with an erika 10, optima elite 3, or erika N? I still have yet to get an Olympia Sm3. I only have an Olympia sm8 1968 model.

    1. While these are all fine, stylish typers, I lean towards Erika as the swiftest and most functional. I must admit, I have an Erika 5 stashed away, despite my own advice against collecting. But the feeling on it is magical. Get one with a QWERTY layout, which is hard to find in German typewriters. Olympia being the exception. The SM3 comes close to that Erika feel, and more than likely it has the QWERTY layout. However, I’m not a big fan of carriage shifted typewriters. I can do in small bouts, but for the daily writer, go with the lighter basket shift.

      That’s the advice, now, get on your SM8 and submit to One Typed Page!

      Enjoy, Daniel

      1. Thanks for the advice! I had an SM7 before the 8, but the 7 broke during use. (Escapement & Drawband issues)
        I will have to submit a page to One typed page on my sm8 soon…

  3. Hi Daniel and friends,

    One Typed Page sounds like a great idea to bring people together. I’ve been traveling and writing with a portable typewriter, and as of the time of this comment, the video of my Olivetti in action is the background for The Lost Poetry.

    Since I often take pictures of the process, I’ll have to send something over to your exciting new project one day.

    I like what H. Harrington says in his comment. Although I’m from a different generation, such a mentality is shared by myself and many other proper writers of this day. The living book project on TheLostPoetry.com was something experimental that, I believe, is in this same “true fashion” to which H. speaks of in his comment.

    I forced myself to write those first few chapters without a pen or typewriter—on the computer, like a cool college kid who needed to finish a term paper between classes. In order to craft a fun adventurous setting that’s filled with automated machines.

    Thick kicker is… I ended up taking the digital draft to the typewriter anyway.

    When a main character died, I switched to the comfortable method that I had already grown to love. Typing a real draft on this beloved Olivetti that I call Cassius because it’s a heavyweight machine.

    Writers are wired a certain way, and I enjoy how this blog pulls us together with projects like this one. The sound of the clicking helps us focus better than a flashing screen.

    Thanks for what you do with this blog to remind everyone about this important tool for writers.

    S. Vain

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