hanx 707

In case you missed it, Tom Hanks’ app – the HanxWriter – topped the iTunes charts last week. What does it do? It emulates the look and sound of a typewriter.  It even chimes when you reach the end of a line. Fortunately, unlike a real typewriter, it also features a delete key.

The app is free, with in-app purchases ranging from $2.99 to $4.99. The purchases will get you another 2 models (the Hanx 707 and the Hanx Golden Touch) along with a different font style.

If you’re of a generation that misses the clickety-clack of typewriter keys, you’ll love this app. I do, but (alas) I only gave it a 3-star rating in the app store. That’s because it only allows saving in a PDF format. . . . keep reading

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I’ve had a few emails from newsletter readers about writing and perfectionism. Like most writers, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to confess worrying over a single sentence. The truth is, perfection is an illusion. As writers we can only write as perfectly as we can in the moment. Two years from now you’ll probably be able to write even better – but today isn’t the future.

I’ve written a handful of magazine articles that are among the best words I’ve ever strung together. I’m immensely proud of them AND I know that today I could make them even better.  Anne Lamott (who I seem to be frequently quoting these days) wrote:

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”

So, dear reader, is perfectionism keeping you from writing your heart? Leave a comment if it is.

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Tickle my brain . . . sounds great for inspiring new ideas, but how?

  • read a new genre (vampire romance)
  • ask my waitress about her favorite eatery
  • try a new ice cream flavor (whiskey prune?)
  • reverse my walking route
  • take a nap (zzzzzz)
  • stay up all night
  • write flash non-fiction (500 words or less)
  • read this post by Jessica Macbeth
  • get in the car and allow your curiosity to take you where it will

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