Seven days in and over 16K words, let’s hope this keeps going in the same trajectory.
I did this class on Monday (or at least the Laneway Learning version of it – it’s hosted by the same teacher, just a shorter session) and I have to say, if you ever have trouble working through stress, or want to work on your journaling skills, this class was pretty helpful.
Her online journaling community – where a group of people get together twice a week to journal – is a good way to keep you accountable.
Thanks for the link @patrickrhone.
I mean, only 5 minutes. No more. And maybe even less.
An interesting idea – and one I’ll think on a little more. 🤔
Here’s a couple of thoughts (in no particular order):
– comments are usually in 2nd person, whereas reply to blog posts are usually 3rd person (I’d have no qualms about responding to you in the 2nd person if I was replying to you in the comments section/micro.blog reply, but doing this in my own CMS is strange)
– love the idea of blog posts being like letters to each other
– would posts in the 2nd person restrict the conversation between the original poster and the responder? I’d feel rude butting in on someone else’s conversation.
I’ll need to think more about this.
This is inspiring me to get into a daily writing habit.🖋
It’s not about writing completed works in a day, but writing bits and pieces every day would certainly get me closer to completing something than just sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike (or that mythical three-months writing retreat 😜).
This is my first typecast, so I’ll keep everything left-aligned to make it easier for me.
So already there is a typo, and the anal part of me is itching to retype the whole thing to fix it up, but that’s not the point of this exercise, is it?
I find, when typing on a typewriter – san first draft – that I have trouble thinking of something to write. More accurately, I am wary of typing anything until I have it semi-formulated in my head.
This, of course, makes sense, as you cannot delete off a typewritten page.
But at the same time I find that my mind is not used to fully forming sentences before committing them to paper; my mind is used to being allowed to see the formless ideas spewed onto the screen before going back to edit them before clicking “send” or “submit”.
I think this exercise might help my writing in some ways. Although in some ways it would force me to write slower, it may force me to think and formulate my ideas more quickly.
Reading the above entry, I could already see some sentence structure that needs improving.
And some spelling.
From my only typewriter,1 the Imperial Good Companion 1943
For a very long time, I’ve thought about getting a typewriter. Not the electric one, nor the plastic ones from the 60’s or 70’s, but the honest-to-god-all-made-of-metal-could-kill-someone-if-you-threw-it typewriters. Recent correspondence between my latest IGGPPC-assigned pen-friend and I got me scouring eBay and Googling for any possible candidates in my area.
My criteria were as follows (in no particular order):
Of course, some of my criteria conflicted with each other:
After a week of eBay deep-diving – which included a lot of frustration, as all the pretty machines were selling at ridiculously low prices overseas, but were selling for 10x the price in Australia – I managed to snap this little beauty for $80AUD.
It’s an Imperial The Good Companion typewriter and according to the internet, it’s a 1943 model. I’ve still to find where the serial number is on this thing, so if any of you out there know where I should look, please leave a comment.
I am hoping to type my future correspondences with my pen-friend on this typewriter. And maybe, I would even try a hand at typecasting!
After watching Brian Goulet’s video on séyès (French-ruled) paper, I got really excited to try it out. From far away it does look like my script is neater than before; it’s certainly straighter! I’ll need to practice more though; the lines make me write much larger than I’m used to. If you want to give the French-ruled style a go you can download your own séyès paper and print as many as you need.