I think the midlife crisis might have begun. I bought a mechanical keyboard.
First and foremost, I find it very physically attractive. Second, author and regular reader of this very newsletter, Harry Marks has one too because I saw a picture of it on Instagram. He influenced me. I was influenced upon.
But third and most importantly, about five years ago, after a decade of typing on super-thin Apple keyboards, I found myself in a job with a bog-standard Dell PC. It came with a bog-standard Dell mechanical keyboard. And it was an absolute joy to type on.
I feel very strongly that this vital change will be the key to finishing my second novel.
So what the hell is it? It's a Keychron K8 with a UK layout and blue switches, which means it's clickier than a gospel choir whose drummer hasn't turned up.
More things if you're interested:
- kbdfans is a good source of info
- podcast professional Myke Hurley is now a keyboard king
- save your wallet and do not follow #mechanicalkeyboard on Instagram
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Here is another app that encourages you to write every day. If that's your jive – and it's a good jive to have if you can do it – then you may find this helpful. Quick note though. You do not have to write every day. You just have to not stop altogether. I say this from experience.
I've probably shared this with you before, but as I think about this new world we live in I think the points Josh Spector makes here are important. I'm currently interested in number six.
Some nice practical stuff in here from author, Vahni Capildeo. I can get on board with the idea of presenting your own work back to yourself in different ways. Reading it out loud works a treat.
Cracking post by Jessica Abel about something that I think about a lot as an author. We need to get over the idea it's all a bit icky to talk about our writing. But you also have to feel good about how you do it – how you stay true to yourself and the work.
Just follow these steps and wahooo bingo! Not really. But this is a good primer on how book deals work and the process you go through as an author. So that's helpful.
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