The Freewrite ships this month (March)
I heard about it from a friend who brought me the information about the Freewrite from CES.
I am fascinated by these products. The Freewrite is a light typewriter with a handle (the portable typewriter I took to college also had a handle, and doubled as a resistance weights every time I hauled it onto a desk). But it’s not all about the handle. This new, new writing miracle also provides a long battery life and “seamless cloud backups” According to the postcard on my desk, the key board has old fashion typewriter action. But best of all “ this new product provides a minimalist, distraction free environment to help you write “now” and edit later.”
“Get back to the simplicity of writing without losing the benefits of modern technology.”
This is not the first word processor of it’s kind. I owned an AlphaSmart for a couple of years as an inexpensive alternative to my heavy lap top. It worked pretty well on overseas trips, until I needed a lap top to keep up with my consulting work. Oh, and my husband informed me that at 7:00 AM, the Alphasmart key board was noisy.
There is another favorite in this category, The Pomera DM100, but apparently you must be gentle when using the key board.
I have broken keyboards, gentle is not my middle name.
The large, overriding feature of these light typewriters is they offer a distraction free writing environment, or as Mashable’s Christina Warren and Karissa Bell commented, more “pretentious hipster nonsense.”
Which is what is so darn interesting. Why are we so distracted? Why can’t we just write?
There are many laptop programs and apps available that help with distraction free writing. Timers, blocks, screens, all in the service of “distraction” free writing. As if the refrigerator wasn’t doing its job.
Distraction free writing has its place. I used to work at a beach cabin on the west coast: no wifi, no signals of any kind, include cell service. Drove my friends nuts. But I loved it. It had the advantage of blocking all my distractions along with providing a spectacular view. That was distracting.
The advantage of working all connected is the ability to search for a word exactly when you need it. You can also quickly confirm a place, historical note or name.
Here is the disadvantage: It’s never quick.
Like I said in the research blog – research is fun, and often like falling into a rabbit hole. And you want to write for heaven’s sake.
Enter, new machines for that very activity.
It’s like a Fit Bit for your word count: Specific, new, expensive, hip(ster).
If you invest in one of these lovely machines I absolutely believe you will write more. I also believe that the last blank pages of an old college notebook will also provide distraction free writing. I also believe that, in a pinch, the back of a Costco receipt provides plenty of space for most poems due to it’s unavoidable length.
But in Freewrite’s defense, typing is the best way we have to keep up with our thoughts. The words travel directly from our brain to an editable document.
Go distraction free and double your word count, is what Freewrite promises.
Or drive to the coast.