Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I throw out a thread of something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life. Today the subject is how fast you type.
As a writer, it’s helpful to be able to type quickly. One’s thoughts usually flow faster than one’s fingers across a keyboard, and when you get that right sentence in your head, you want to slap it on the page as quickly as possible.
I first took typing in 9th grade, when it was offered as a high school course. (Do they do that now?) We sat at IBM Selectrics typing jjjj, ffff, other letters, and then short paragraphs, and finally one-page documents. I got all the way up to 45 words per minute (wpm).
Not very fast.
But enough for me to get my first secretary job while in college. In fact, I worked several secretary jobs in college and as a legal assistant after I graduated. While some of me (okay, a lot of me) wishes I’d started writing at age 20, I look back and think it wasn’t such a waste to have all those years of typing, typing, typing.
Because my best typing test score, many years ago, was a whopping 104 wpm.
On an IBM Selectric.
I’ve been wondering how fast I type now. Perhaps I’ve dropped in speed, or maybe I’ve gotten faster. Maybe I could even approach my mother’s amazing 120 wpm. (It’s a sight to behold.) So I went hunting for good typing tests on the web.
I tried several out for y’all, and here’s the one I liked the best: TypingTest.com. Head over there and see how you do.
As for me, I’m slower now. But not by much.
Still, you’d think as fast as I type, I’d have eight books out by now! 😉
Speaking of those books, here are my goals for the upcoming A Round of Words in 80 Days:
- Edit/rewrite SHARING HUNTER, a YA contemporary novel.
- Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit.
- Read 10 fiction books.
- Finish craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. (I read the first half last round.)
- Visit and comment on five ROW80 blog posts per week.
- Attend at least one RWA meeting.
So how’s your typing these days? Do you think you’re faster or slower than before? If you’re willing to share, what was your typing speed?