After a certain point however, I just spend as much time as I can doing pangrams. Pangrams are sentences which use every letter of the alphabet. The page I linked is a bunch of pangrams which used to exist on Wikipedia, as the site's author explains.
Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack.I mention this now because I'm trying to up my typing game. I tried dictation software out the other day, just to see how good it was, and it's semi-useful at best, maddening at worse. Then I decided maybe it was time to up my typing game. I think in one of my last blog posts, about the Arc keyboard, I said I was a touch typist. Turns out I'm not. Turns out I can't type without looking at the keyboard. Turns out I don't know how to properly utilize the home keys. Yeah.
My wpm is something like 60-80. I'd like to get it over a hundred. I'd like to be able to type without needing to look at the keyboard at all. Just thinking about it practically, it would save me a lot of time in the long run. And it'd save me eye strain from looking back and forth between my screen and the keyboard. I figure if I can consistently hit 60 wpm with my current sloppy offset hand position, touch typing should give me a nice boost.
The problem right now is that I know where every key is more or less, but the wrong fingers want to hit those keys. Every time I hit a stride and start to get some speed using the home keys, I start to worry I'm reverting back to using the wrong fingers, and sometimes I am.
Another idea I had to type faster is to work out a shorthand, mostly disemvowelling words. S tht stpd r wht? That would cost me time later putting the letters back in, but the bottleneck when writing is trying to get the fingers to keep up with the brain. If I could write my thoughts at full speed, then fill in letters later, that might save time in the long run. I'd be re-reading it all as part of another draft anyways.
I probably won't do that. What if I can't figure out what word an abbreviation was supposed to be?
Anyway, this touch-typing is frustrating. I abandoned it about two paragraphs into this post. In my defense, after I publish this post, I am going to go back to writing out pangrams, so there you go.