I worked on a poem earlier tonight. I wasn’t at all happy with it; but, in keeping with the honest purpose of my blog–exposing the imperfections of the writing process–I posted it anyway. I returned to it later, making revisions with a pencil. I then retyped it with my chocolate Erika 5, which has an italic typeface. This Erika is the prize of my portable collection. The discoloration in the keys perfectly complements the paint and decals.
I made more changes to the poem along the way. I rarely use italic or script typefaces, but they do create a writing mood and an aesthetic–for small notes, for poetry, perhaps for a longer letter. It is interesting to speculate whether typeface-selection influences the writing process.