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About the Book


You want to write. You plan to write. Once you finally begin, you find yourself writing and rewriting the same paragraph for hours, days, months. With the blinking cursor on the digital screen, it's so easy to let perfectionism take hold again and again. 


And then a typewriter, a tool any writer can easily find — online, in your favorite thrift store, in your Great-aunt Lola’s cluttered and drafty but treasure-packed attic — enters your life. You can no longer instantly backspace and delete. At first this feels foreign, but then you feel free.


You’re no longer crippled by perfectionism. You no longer plan to write. You actually write.


And you write joyfully. To the delightful soundtrack of clicks, clacks, and end-of-line dopamine bell-ringing dings.


In The Distraction-Free First Draft, Woz Delgado Flint shares her contagious enthusiasm for the power of the typewriter, introduces you to the different types of machines, shares how to find and lovingly restore the best typewriter for you, and offers tips for getting your first draft done.


Along the way, you’ll meet writers who type and aficionados and experts who generously answer commonly asked questions and reveal their go-to typewriting tips.


If a modern-day laptop — no matter how fancy and expensive — just isn't cutting it, it’s time to unplug, forget perfectionism, and write more than ever...on a typewriter.


The Distraction-Free First Draft

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