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.