I started out on a manual typewriter and considered an electric one a major upgrade. Despite being in the computer age, I made sure both my boys learned to touch type. I'm sure they aren't the *only* 20-somethings that know how to touch type, but I am beginning to think they are a serious minority.
That said, you'd be welcome in my guest house with a typewriter, and I'd ask you if you'd like tea to go with! I agree with setting yourself a 9 pm curfew though.
If there are some people who notice the noise, some gentle back-ground music could help. So many people listen to music in head-phones these days, they may provide their own back-ground music.
I wonder how many people would even recognize the sound anymore.
If you are at a guest house, maybe try to work into the conversation that you are an Author working on your masterpiece😀 If people know ahead of time that you are limiting your time with it, I am sure they will be appreciative for your consideration and ok with it knowing you wont be typing crazy hours.
I was very self conscious about using mine when I lived with 4 others in a co-op.
Turns out no one minded and if they said anything it was something positive! That they liked the sound or found it charming!
I don't think you should worry. After all, people put up with such a lot of sounds from machinery; vacuums to blenders to trains, etc.
I hate to be the lone voice of dissent, but it would personally drive me crazy. I have ADHD, and one of its characteristics is the inability to automatically ignore distractions.The erratic , percussive nature of the sound a typewriter makes would be absolutely impossible to ignore- I know this from personal experience: when I was a child, my mother used to type late into the night, in the room right next to my bedroom, amd then wonder why I didn't fall asleep, or couldn't focus on schoolwork.
The sound would bother me too even though I kind of like it when it's me making the sound. ;) It seems like the other thread about the teething baby. Maybe not so annoying for some and homicide-inducing for others.
You might think about taking your laptop (assuming you have one) and just disable the wifi antenna until you return home. That is what I do when I'm at my homestead and it is really nice. Longhand is nice sometimes for me but I censor more that way. And with my laptop, I can still use all the features and enjoy my keyboard (which is super sensitive so it doesn't slow my typing).
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