I am trying to get the hang of this new fangled writing machine, but i am not making a shining success of it. However, this is the first attempt i have ever made & yet i perceive i shall soon & easily acquire a fine facility in its use. ... The machine has several virtues. I believe it will print faster than i can write. One may lean back in his chair & work it. It piles an awful stack of words on one page. It don't muss things or scatter ink blots around. Of course it saves paper.
Some professional writers write everyday no matter what and perhaps that's the way it should be done, but it's not the way i do it. if i'm not pregnant with words and i'm not in labor with them, i don't even try to bring them forth because they won't be any good anyway. once i'm ready to deliver, it's like being pregnant. i've got to find a typewriter or a piece of paper. the only words that have ever had any possible value to others seem to have been those words that just had to come out.
I like to always stop with a couple of pages that i haven't - that are just raw copy, where i haven't touched it, i haven't tried to revise it, i haven't tried to polish it. it's like having a little bit of a runway. the next day when you sit down, you have the comfort of saying, well, i have got a little bit here, used to be in the typewriter. now it's in the magic box, the computer.