Thi s is an experiment. I am for this post going to use no backspace, no edit, no delete, no spell-checker, no undo, and no do-overs.
See, this is how the OLD generation used to do it. Often (stricke that), b
Okay, start over.
Before typewriters, tehy even had to d write out their work by hand. If they fucked up, they had to scratch it out and type over it.
They had to think about what was going on the page before it every lef t their mind and fled down to their fingers. They had to capture thoughts directyl in raw form, unadulterated, mutilated, deformed as they were, and slam i them onto the patper before they got away.
What did this do for the writersz/?
I'll tell you.
It forced them to do something we tell ourselves every day to do: KEEP WRITING!
They didn'gt get bogged dowin in the infinite edit loop that so many of us suffer from.
They didn't write a paragraph, nuke it, re-write it, nuke it , and so on ad foreverum.
No. They had to trudge on. Misspellings be damned. Fat fingers go to hell. So the muse stopped talking, who cares, keep writing, because there is no go-back and revise that prior page.
You must write FORWARD, not backward.
That's how they did it, with pens and typewriters and stnen stencils.
Maybe that's why we don't have the great writers anymore. Maybe we delete all our best stuff. Maybe theo power to edit has destoryed the muse and shut her up.
So i I encourage you to try this experiment. Type up a blog freestyle, no edits, no revisions, NO BACKSPACE, and esee what pops out.
I may even do this with my next picee. It makes for a lot of spellchecking, but it may also forsce me to really slow down and think about what I am writing. Who noknows. Maybe I'll even write something brillian t and NOT erase it!
PS. I am not going to proof-read this. Type and SEND to the blogosphere! I'l l read it when it's on the site. Good luck with your own, if you so choose to accept teh challenge.