My typing is awful.  I tend to use the same 6 fingers and my right hand types faster than my left and so my spellings are screwed.  So, I decided that i shall have to slow down and retrain my fingers so they type properly.  Easier said than done when there is so much to do…  I am typing up my second novel and am a third of the way through so this is an ideal time to practise using the correct fingers for the correct keys. 

I found that if I slowed down I made fewer mistakes, but it was extremely frustrating.  It lasted for about 10 minutes then I was back to my old tricks.  Not only was I thinking about going slowly, trying to read my scrawled writing and ensuring my fingers were positioned correctly, but I wasn’t getting into the story.  The words became meaningless strings of letters, sentences didn’t flow and the characters were plastic. 

Retrain – great.  Just do it with something other than your novel.  After all, with spell & grammar checker it’ s so much easier to see where you need to edit.


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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