I HAVE STARTED a new adventure by rolling out a server-side web editor for my technology writing. It's Typepad and I like it. At first glance. That's important because writers have to have a relationship with their technology.
Kipling favoured "well-grounded Indian ink" and a "camel hair brush" for deleting text. Getting writer's cramp in the midst of What Maisie Knew, Henry James hired a shorthand typist and his style changed accordingly. He became so used to the sound of the machine that he couldn't work without it. According to Hugh Kenner, author of The Mechanic Muse, some of Ezra Pound's staccato imagist poetry "could only have been composed on a typewriter."
And so to me today. IT often helps me create but it also gets in the way when it fails. The original inspiration can be snagged by hours of frustration. Obsessing about the technology of literary production displaces the art of writing. Fiddling about with the computer is another way of generating a blank page.
So it's on to Typepad, whose crisp interface and lightning-fast server response heralds a new era for the Muse.
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