In the Writing Circle, somebody mentioned that expensive silly little device Freewrite Smart Typewriter by Astrohaus. I’d never considered it before because that price tag is outrageous. But then I went poking around, and I found a used Freewrite (the full-sized, not the Traveler) on eBay. and was able to buy it at half of retail. It arrived, and it’s ridiculous, but this simple word processor has made me able to write!!! I’ve stopped stalling, backtracking, rewriting as I draft – I just write, and write steadily, for my 1,000 words every morning.
This has been a lifelong problem: tampering with text as I write. But Freewrite has no features other than the backspace, and I write just to write, NOT to read what’s on the page. So my drafts are sloppy, error-ridden, a complete mess. I often repeat myself from day to day. But my problem has never been editing, it’s always been the first-draft debacle – fear freezes me. I’ve had the Freewrite Smart Typewriter five days now, and I’ve written 5,000 words, a thousand each day, first thing in the morning with no issues.
So I want to blame/thank the person in the Writing Circle who mentioned it during a discussion. I had serious doubts that it would work, but I actually enjoy writing and look forward to it every morning. It has completely changed how I work. Thank you whoever you are!