I love to write, it’s where I’m my happiest when I’m deep in a new piece of writing, it could be creative writing or my latest blog post; it doesn’t matter. I feel alive and like anything is possible when I’m at my computer with my fingers ready on my keyboard. I was a slow starter when it came to reading and writing so I’m extremely thankful that I get to do it so often now. If you want to learn to touch type so you can write an email, blog or creative writing without having to look at your fingers or without tons of mistakes then touch typing is a must.
I was 26 years old and I was sick and tired of having to go back and fix all the typos I’d made along the way. It doesn’t sound too difficult but when I was writing 10k words for my creative writing it was becoming a pain real fast. I was also super slow at typing. So I decided it was time to learn to touch type. With touch typing, I wouldn’t have to look at my keyboard whatsoever and I could learn to type faster too. Honestly, I still struggle on a few random words. I’m dyslexic and my brain loves to mix I’s & E’s around, but, it’s not that often.
I write at around 65 words per minute (WPM) with around 97-100 accuracy, that depends if I mix letters around with certain words. I’m extremely OCD in regards to new things so I spent about 1 hour every night for a few months. You don’t have to spend that much time or that often. A few minutes a day will help you to learn the rules and over time you can then to improve your speed.
Typing Trainer is the website I went on every evening. I found it to be a great website to take you through the steps one by one. It gives you time to get to grips with a new way of typing and it only progresses you when you are ready to. You have an account so you will be able to see your progress. It’s also free to sign up with no hidden charges ever pop up.
I also found 10FastFingers to be really useful as well. When you just want to type it out and even compete with others then this is the website for you. On this, you can also have an account so you will be able to see your progress. It’s also free to sign up with no hidden charges ever pop up.
Custom Typing Test
I’m not saying that learning to touch type is going to make sure you become an amazing writer. That’s all on you. 🙂 Touch typing is just a great skill to have in your writing arsenal. Once you’ve learnt to touch type and do a little bit every day it will be a skill you’ll have for life. Touch Typing has helped me be able to focus more on my writing instead of struggling to type it out. It’s given me the freedom to have to only focus on my writing.
I did a little research, these are the websites I found very useful but there are so many other options out there. It’s useful to learn the skill and the websites I learnt with are free, which is a big plus in my opinion.
I never thought about who invented touch typing. I get a little stuck in my head sometimes but for this blog post, I did some research. Frank Edward McGurrin invented touch typing in 1888. If you want to read a little bit more about him and how he invented touch typing visit the Wikipedia Page here.