Evidently yesterday marked the official end of typewriter production in the UK. The last manufacturer, Brother's in North Wales, ceased production and donated its final machine to the Science Museum. Already typewriters are regarded as retro; in a few years they'll be sold alongside wind-up gramophones and knife polishers.
I for one won't miss them. Typewriters aren't kind to bad spellers. Nor do they work for those whose words evolve rather than being preplanned. In all my writing I'm constantly changing, reordering, reading aloud, reordering again. This is my second paragraph and (believe me I've been counting) I have made sixty-one, yes that was sixty-one revisions already - oops, sixty two (I spelt revisions incorrectly - and again, sixty-three)
The critics say word processors make us lazy - and in my case that's true to an extent. But I'd argue it's more a change of style (sixty four, another spello corrected). Frankly, I couldn't work without going back over every sentence. I've come to realise that the mistakes (sixty-five) and other amendments (sixty-six, no sixty-seven - how the hell do you spell amendments? sixty-eight) are actually part of my process. (I've just made a further seven amendments to sentence structures on re-reading the last three paragraphs)
Where is all of this going, other than rapidly (seventy-six) towards a century of spellos, typos other amendments (darn it, seventy-seven)? Frankly, I have no idea - like most of what I write.
Except I'm trying to show that working inaccurately and correcting as you go has its merits too. Some people do this on paper; I use a screen. The important point is that trial and error, invention and reinvention, are at the heart of creativity - in my case a typewriter would stifle that process and with a few 'in theory' exceptions (lack of electricity for example) I can't think why I'd ever use one.
By the way, I gave up listing the errors above, because I'm now way over two hundred. (Yes, I mean two hundred) What's more I've read every paragraphs above at least six times, some sentences twice that amount and changed some words almost as many. Despite all this, I've absolutely no doubt that when I press publish, I shall find another five or six changes to make.
So I shan't be lamenting the loss of typewriters, and I suspect not many others will either - except of course, the manufacturers of Tipex!