20 February 2004
Are the days of the typewriter numbered?
The image of a writer bashing away at a clunky typewriter is dead. Only two
people admitted to employing a typewriter in the January survey of writing
habits conducted by WritersServices. The desktop computer and laptop have taken
over as the preferred way for writers to set down their words
Technology has not displaced all of the traditional writing implements. Pens
and pencils are still the most popular way to prepare the first draft. The
fountain pen is holding its own against biros and pencils as the favourite
Writers have to be organised. Only 19% of respondents confess to intermittent
working. Most made writing a routine and there was a substantial minority for
who it is a recreation that occupies weekends and holidays.
Silence is the preferred environment for half of the respondents. However, a
quarter like to have some music in the background.
"It is fun to find out how much writers have in comment" said Chas Jones the
WritersServices sit manager. "It was particularly interesting to discover that
the answers do not seem to depend on the age or location of the the writer.
Sixty year olds are as likely to use a laptop as someone half their age
according to our survey."