June 30th, 2008
Lost A Day–Can Someone Help Me Find It?

I’m not sure what happened this weekend, but somehow I lost a day. All day yesterday I thought it was Saturday. I couldn’t figure out why dh wanted to go to bed so early or why he kept talking about getting up early. It wasn’t until we were lying in bed that I discovered (and by discovered, I mean he told me it was Sunday) it wasn’t Saturday night. That explains why there were so few monster movies on the Sci-fi channel. Snort! 😳 The thing I found the most upsetting was that I’d lost three days of writing instead of two. Sigh. It looks like the book won’t be finished this week after all, but it will get down by the second week of July. I’ll spend the month of August editing and sending it out to my critique partners. I should have it whipped into shape on time, even if my other edits come in next month.

I’m trying to figure out if taking a typing class would help my productivity. I can type, but my speed isn’t great (ie 50 to 70 wpm). I’m thinking if I could type as fast as I think, then it’d be able to at least double my productivity per day. Even if I could type 90 to 100 wpm, it would help significantly. I’m curious, how fast do you all type? Does it translate into greater productivity for you?

On a separate note, I found this cool website by Joss Whedon. Looks hilarious. Definitely worth watching.

24 comments to “Lost A Day–Can Someone Help Me Find It?”

  1. Hmmm I think it depends on how fast your brain works/how fast things come to you because it’s not just about (IMO) how fast you type but how fast your brain vomits up the story for you (how’s that for monster movie? 😛 )

  2. Wow! 90-100wpm would be phenomenal. I type at about 50wpm, self-taught, looking mostly at the kepboard, and that is plenty fast enough. I went to classes to learn to touchtype and it just slowed me down so much that I got frustrated and went back to my way. Getting faster is all about practice – there’s no magic key to speed you up, unfortunately.

  3. I’m not sure how fast I type. Plenty fast. I never seem to do well on typing tests, because I have a hard time copying material– it pretty much has to come straight out of my head for me to type reallyreallyfast. I usually come out somewhere around 75 or 80 words a minute on typing tests, but I know I’m a lot faster when I really get going. But you’re right, typing speed definitely has an effect on productivity.

  4. Amie, My brain gets going faster than my hands a lot of times. *ggg* That’s great. 😉

  5. Suzanne, I can touch-type thanks to a class in high school. I believe you’re right about the practice part. 🙄

  6. Not sure I should admit this, but I type in excess of 120 wpm. And yes, it makes a difference in my productivity. I took typing in high school and it’s been an invaluable investment.

    And I cannot wait for July 15th and the premiere of Dr. Horrible! It looks beyond awesome.

  7. Ellen, I get really nervous when I go to take typing tests. Heck, I get nervous when I use the Mavis Beacon typing tutorial. LOL! So I never really do well. I believe I type much faster than the tests imply, but I don’t know how much faster. Whatever it is, it’s not fast enough.

  8. Charli, I have a cousin who used to be considered the fastest typist in the state of IL. She worked for the governer or some high office politician. The only reason I know it is because she was in the newspaper because of her typing speed. I wish I could remember what the wpm were. 120 wpm is fantastic. I think you and Julie are about the same in that regards. I’m sure it has to help productivity. And yes, I’m jealous. *g* 😉

  9. If you are already touch-typing, you don’t need to take a typing class to get faster. Just go buy yourself a Mavis Beacon software package for about $20 and practice daily. I went from the 50s to in the 80s by doing this. I probably could have gotten even faster if I had not stopped. It did not improve my writing time at all.

    Have you tried dictation? I mean really tried it. Most people shy away from it as something new without really giving it a chance, but it is a great way to get quick first drafts. Plus, you can do other things while you do it if you want (fold clothes, easy exercise like light walking or stationary bike riding). You will need a dictation machine with a foot pedal to transcribe. Mine (an older model) cost me about $15 on ebay. Or you can lay out more bucks and get a software program like Dragon Naturally Speaking that will enter your dictation into the computer automatically. I think it takes some time to train it though.

    I prefer the pedal because I use typing the text into the computer as my first editing session.

  10. Toni, I have Mavis Beacon. It makes me a nervous wreck doing her timed tests. 😆

    I haven’t tried dictation, but Sarah McCarty gave me the info on a good recording device. I’m not sure what a foot pedal is. Could you explain what you mean? Thanks for the advice. 🙂

  11. I can average 100, squeeze out 120 in a pinch.
    God bless high school typing class. 😉
    It definitely helps when I’m in the zone and the words are flowing, but if the brain is feeling its way along, doesn’t matter.

    Be curious to hear if you try the dictation. I only tried it once, but it didn’t work for me. Heck, if I was any good at speaking well I might never have gotten into writing. 🙄

  12. I just meant a tape player (otherwise known as a dictaction machine) with a foot pedal that allows you to use your feet to play/rewind/fast forward while your hands are free to type what you’ve dictated. There are also computer foot pedals that can help you transcribe digita voice files onto your computer, but I use old-fashioned mini-cassettes.

  13. To put in a good word for the Dragon, my top speed is about 140-150 wpm as long as my voice holds out. I’ve had a lot of practice on it, though, so it would probably take a while to build up to that speed.

    One old secretarial skill that I used to use when I could type manually was to transcribe from a dictaphone. I’d dictate scenes to myself on the tape, then type it up while listening to the playback. I had an old model my boss gave me, the kind with the foot pedals. It worked out really well (and I think also helped me when I transitioned over to using VRS.)

  14. I type a minimum of 150 on tests and even have a word expander at my disposal that can jack it up to 250 (this is what I do for a living, mostly), but that doesn’t do squat for my writing output since pages of text don’t come to me fully formed.

    I usually write first in longhand, anyway. Like Toni up yonder, that transfer to computer is my first edit.

  15. I’m with Amie, it wouldn’t do me much good to type a hundred words a minute when I think in the thirty to fifty range. 🙂

  16. I never had a typing class and use only three fingers on both hands, but I manage 40 wpm. Typing class is actually a very good idea! Let us know if it helps!

  17. Raine, *ggg* Using the speed for when I’m in the zone is what I’m talking about. I really don’t have great speed, even with high school typing class. I do have the keyboard memorized…at least until I try to type numbers. 😆

    I have no doubt that I’ll try dictating at some point. I have a lot of ideas come when I’m not in a spot to write them down.

  18. Toni, Thank you for explaining. Everything is clear now. 🙂 Would make sense to use a pedal so your hands are free.

  19. Lynn, I think that’s what Toni was talking about. I’m really going to have to try one of these to see if it ups my productivity.

  20. Kerry, Wow, your keyboard must be on fire. *g* 🙂 I have to write long-hand sometimes. It depends on how the story is flowing. I write long-hand when it’s not and type into my Neo when it’s flowing fast.

  21. Bernard, 😆 I certainly have days I feel like that. *g*

  22. Delilah, My dh types like that and picks up fairly good speed. If I take any lessons, it’ll probably be more Mavis Beacon.

  23. Whoa, that Joss Whedon thing looks awesome!!! I love him, and can’t wait to see that. So glad you posted the link.

  24. I know, doesn’t it look great? I cannot wait to see what he does with it.