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  1. John Cooper says:

    I find it best to approach typing as a mindfulness practice. Because I’ve been typing all day on computers for thirty years, where errors can be erased as thoughtlessly as they’re made, I’ve largely lost the sense of presence when I type. To type cleanly, I have to regain the awareness that I’m at a task. It can help to think each word silently in my head before I start, then spell it out, deliberately striking each key as I do. Another technique is to abandon touch-typing and use only one hand, or only index or middle fingers, to break the bad habits of lazy touch-typing. Observe the letters, as they form, as brush strokes, each important, instead of as the mere building blocks of a wall of type.

    Practice brings improvement. I’m a much better typist than I was ten months ago. Now when I make an error, as often as not it’s because I’ve recently switched typewriters and the idiosyncrasies of the most recent machine–its sensitivity to rhythm or force–are different.

    The typists at whom I marvel are not the precision typists but the fast typists. When the occasional typo doesn’t matter I generally type between 30 and 40 words per minute, but at local get-togethers I’ve seen people achieve at least twice that–on my typewriters, no less! It seems like a magic power.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      That’s what I had to do: return to two to four-finger typing to avoid mistakes. I’m using music to make it as mindful as I can.

      I always am switching between keyboards—computers and different typewriters. My Achilles’ heal is when the backspace key, which I shouldn’t be using anyway, is on the left side of the typewriter keyboard. It takes me a while to adjust.


  2. joevc says:

    I’ve started the final typing of my story, two-fingered, carefully and gingerly, like the way I often type for my blog, like a two-fingered letterpress. After the first page, I’m smoking a cigar on the patio in the afternoon breeze, drink at hand. My wife jokingly asks if I’ll be smoking and drinking after every page. I’m not yet sure!

    I really like the start to your story, looking forward to reading it.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      I do the same thing. Tobacco pipe with a glass of whiskey. I like pondering the book at that stage. I’m looking forward to your story, Joe. Your last video is still on my mind, too.


  3. Richard P says:

    I haven’t started typing my own story up yet. It’s going to be hard, because I like the feeling of quick proficiency—and soon enough make a mistake. I must s-l-o-w down.

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