The Typing Paradox

I never learned proper typing. Even if I write and type everyday, I only use six of my ten fingers.

Learning to type properly is a real asset for a writer :

  • It means working faster.
  • It means cleaner drafts.
  • It means less frustration when I’ll read what I wrote the day before.
  • It means less corrections, more time for editorial work.
  • It also means the ability to tell your inner editor to f*** off pretty quickly.
  • It means also funnier procrastination with killer scores at typing video games.

But he paradox is here. I do not have the time to learn properly because learning properly means committing yourself  the new method.
So it means more time to deal with mails, more time spent typing more time, more time, more time… for three weeks at least in order to build basic muscular memory.

And three weeks in a world ruled by computer communications, that’s eternity.

That’s at least 45 articles with their translation.

Today, one complete article takes me at least an hour.

I know -for I have already tried -that it takes me at least 3x times longer while working on them and trying to type properly.

That’s 90 hours added.

That’s almost a NaNo and a half for me (ie 75 000 word).

Days won’t stretch and I am only human : I do not have eternity in front of me.

So I’ll keep on typing badly.




This post is an answer to today prompt on the Daily Post : Lazy Learners

7 réflexions sur « The Typing Paradox »

      1. True, LOL! I used to love doing those. It’s how I learned to type… otherwise, instead of using six fingers like you, I’d be using only two to peck around the keyboard.

  1. I type in much the same fashion. I cross left fingers to where rights should go; I use the shift key on the samehand I’m typing the letter with. It drives by husband crazy. But, it gets the job done, and I am a true bad ass on the numeric key pad. (I worked in a bank.) I prefer to think of my lessed typing skill as added thinking time. It’s all about spin!

  2. Ha ha, I should use this subject for one of my next posts. I laugh because, as a child, I was fascinated by watching my mother type on an ANTIQUE typewriter (one of those black Underwood manual styles) because she used ALL of her fingers. That was a time long before computer keyboards or touch screens were available, but I vowed to learn to type faster than she did. Years later, as I sat in my first typing class at school, I was on my way to mastering the skill. Years later still, I encouraged a bunch of teenagers at a Career Day session to learn keyboarding. Many of them still tell me it was the best advice they ever got. Someday, when things are less stressful, take the time to learn. I promise you’ll make up those lost weeks learning with a spectacular time-saving ability.

    P.S. I type WAY faster than Mom ever did, and I’m proud of it! 🙂

    1. Your words are pure wisdom. I think I actually need a typing boot camp where I have nothing to do but type what’s in the course. Typing faster would be a great asset for me especially during NaNoWriMo I think. I’ll read your post on the subject with great pleasure !!!

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