Weekly Writing: Sightless writing

By Midge Raymond,

  Filed under: On Writing, Writing prompts

This week’s writing prompt is inspired by the newest addition to my typewriter collection:

… as well as by Harold Taw, author of the fabulous novel Adventures of the Karaoke King. When I showed off this photo on Facebook, I mentioned with amazement that back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when this typewriter was new, those who used it couldn’t see the paper on which they were typing. And then Harold pointed out that the idea of not seeing what you’re typing (that is, being unable to edit yourself) sounded rather liberating, and I realized that he’s absolutely right. As an obsessive self-editor, I was inspired to give it a try myself — and to encourage you to try it, too. So, here’s this week’s exercise (by the way, I really enjoyed it, even though my pages looked as if the cat had written them):

Turn off your computer monitor, or put on a blindfold (whatever works) and write. If you need some help getting started, use one of the prompts below … but the important thing is not to look at what you’re writing and not to edit yourself. Just type away.


– Write “I remember” and freewrite from there.

– Choose an object in the room and write about it.

– Write about something that happened to you yesterday.



  Comments: 5

  1. Truman, I think Theo could give me quite a lot of material. 🙂 Shary, so glad you enjoyed it! I’ve tried blind notebook-writing (the notebook at the side of the bed), and I can never read what I thought was so important I had to write it down in the middle of the night. I end up writing on the same line over and over again, so that it’s just a mess. Let me know if you have better luck!

  2. I tried writing with the monitor turned off and it was fun! Lots of typos, but freeing. Dare I try it in my notebook and pen wearing a blindfold? I’ll probably end up writing on my clothes.

  3. Sean Truman Farley

    I don’t know…I’m thinking maybe Theo DID get in there and typed up a few things while you were away.