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Are you a copywriter? Maybe you are writing your own books and publish them for profit.
Or maybe you simply have a business where you have to send out a bunch of emails yourself.

What all those things have in common?

Every single one of them involves typing. Even here on this forum.
You type.

Under several people's nicknames, you can see "Legendary Contributor"
They also type. A lot.

I'm not going to get into a long story of how I decided to pick up a fast typing skill.
Basically I had this thought at the back of my head... "I type with the speed of my grandma. "
And I always knew there are some people who can do this magic fast-typing thing.


Is this skill going to turn you into a millionaire and develop worldwide business?

Of course no.

But it's going to save you a lot of time in the long-term.
And as you know time is your most important asset, that you can put back
into your business or passions. It's more like an additional, not essential skill.

Okay, I exaggerated a bit with this grandma speed.
I typed with about 45-50 Words Per Minute (WPM) range.

It's not bad, as I looked up the stats, it's better than average.

But still. There is more potential.

I believe most people (for sure most of you on this forum) can develop their speed up to 70 WPM easily.

"Okay, I type 20 or 30 words faster, why would I care?"

As I said, if you're writing a lot - it matters.

30 more words a minute is nothing.
But compound it over an hour, or two, and you get the same thing done in half time.

What would you do with an extra hour or more every day?

Answer for yourself.

Let's get into it.

How much time it will take me to improve?

It depends on your current level. I advise you to do some typing speed test.
I went from 45 words per minute up to constantly cracking 70+ right now, with 13,5 hours of total practice.

There are a lot of testimonials of people who doubled their speed from 35 to 70 WPM in about 15 hours.

It was quite harder for me because English isn't my native language, therefore I was making a lot of errors.
I still do, but it got so much better.

15 hours you say? that's a lot

Actually it isn't. I was doing the practice every day for about 10-30 minutes.
Usually, I did like 15, sometimes I did 7, when I didn't feel like it.
But overall it doesn't require a lot of work, you can do that on the break from your work, whenever.

Why would I believe you?

So here are some screenshots.
I just made a few tests today, to show you that I actually been walking this path myself.

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This was my max speed, but it was on the easy words, so let me show you a more relatable one.
On the actual text.

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(I still do some errors as you see, but working on it)


How do I actually learn that?

I tried to learn this in the past, but I found some useless programs that were teaching you
How to type non-existent words fast.
Something like. "jjjjjjjjsssss"
Completely pointless.

I found that the best one is keybr.com

Not only you are learning using combinations of letters that naturally occur in the English language.
But also you have personalized feedback
So if the programs see that you are making the same mistake over and over again.
Let's say you have problems with the letter "p"

Then it will give you more exercises to train this particular letter.

And another benefit is not giving you everything all at once, but letting you develop the feel, for every one of the letters.
One by one.
So you are not overwhelmed.

Is it free? Do I have to download something?

It's 100% free, that's why you are going to see ads on this page.
And you don't have to download anything, just create your basic account, to check out your progress over time.

Hands positioning.

32936

It's the whole concept of fast-typing.

Before, I was typing with like 2 or 3 fingers only, so it was kind of hard to override those old habits.
But I did it over time so can you.

At first it's going to feel very uncomfortable, and weird. But you will get used to it, trust the process.
And in no time you will never want to go back.
Just like me.
-----


That's all. I started to do that when I was thinking about the career in copywriting.
I gave up copywriting, but this skill stays with me, it will definitely help me in other areas.

So that's what I got out of my pursuit. I wanted to share this with you guys, to help you
get things done faster.

edit:

If you find it difficult to figure out where to put your fingers, try this out, it's free as well. typingstudy.com
 

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Are you a copywriter? Maybe you are writing your own books and publish them for profit.
Or maybe you simply have a business where you have to send out a bunch of emails yourself.

What all those things have in common?

Every single one of them involves typing. Even here on this forum.
You type.

Under several people's nicknames, you can see "Legendary Contributor"
They also type. A lot.

I'm not going to get into a long story of how I decided to pick up a fast typing skill.
Basically I had this thought at the back of my head... "I type with the speed of my grandma. "
And I always knew there are some people who can do this magic fast-typing thing.


Is this skill going to turn you into a millionaire and develop worldwide business?

Of course no.

But it's going to save you a lot of time in the long-term.
And as you know time is your most important asset, that you can put back
into your business or passions. It's more like an additional, not essential skill.

Okay, I exaggerated a bit with this grandma speed.
I typed with about 45-50 Words Per Minute (WPM) range.

It's not bad, as I looked up the stats, it's better than average.

But still. There is more potential.

I believe most people (for sure most of you on this forum) can develop their speed up to 70 WPM easily.

"Okay, I type 20 or 30 words faster, why would I care?"

As I said, if you're writing a lot - it matters.

30 more words a minute is nothing.
But compound it over an hour, or two, and you get the same thing done in half time.

What would you do with an extra hour or more every day?

Answer for yourself.

Let's get into it.

How much time it will take me to improve?

It depends on your current level. I advise you to do some typing speed test.
I went from 45 words per minute up to constantly cracking 70+ right now, with 13,5 hours of total practice.

There are a lot of testimonials of people who doubled their speed from 35 to 70 WPM in about 15 hours.

It was quite harder for me because English isn't my native language, therefore I was making a lot of errors.
I still do, but it got so much better.

15 hours you say? that's a lot

Actually it isn't. I was doing the practice every day for about 10-30 minutes.
Usually, I did like 15, sometimes I did 7, when I didn't feel like it.
But overall it doesn't require a lot of work, you can do that on the break from your work, whenever.

Why would I believe you?

So here are some screenshots.
I just made a few tests today, to show you that I actually been walking this path myself.

View attachment 32934

This was my max speed, but it was on the easy words, so let me show you a more relatable one.
On the actual text.

View attachment 32935

(I still do some errors as you see, but working on it)


How do I actually learn that?

I tried to learn this in the past, but I found some useless programs that were teaching you
How to type non-existent words fast.
Something like. "jjjjjjjjsssss"
Completely pointless.

I found that the best one is keybr.com

Not only you are learning using combinations of letters that naturally occur in the English language.
But also you have personalized feedback
So if the programs see that you are making the same mistake over and over again.
Let's say you have problems with the letter "p"

Then it will give you more exercises to train this particular letter.

And another benefit is not giving you everything all at once, but letting you develop the feel, for every one of the letters.
One by one.
So you are not overwhelmed.

Is it free? Do I have to download something?

It's 100% free, that's why you are going to see ads on this page.
And you don't have to download anything, just create your basic account, to check out your progress over time.

Hands positioning.

View attachment 32936

It's the whole concept of fast-typing.

Before I was typing with like 2 or 3 fingers only, so it was kind of hard to override those old habits.
But I did it over time so can you.

At first it's going to feel very uncomfortable, and weird. But you will get used to it, trust the process.
And in no time you will never want to go back.
Just like me.
-----


That's all. I started to do that when I was thinking about the career in copywriting.
I gave up copywriting, but this skill stays with me, it will definitely help me in other areas.

So that's what I got out of my pursuit. I wanted to share this with you guys, to help you
get things done faster.
You are so right.

A fast typing speed has helped me in countless ways.

(My results from typingtest.com just now:)
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As a copywriter, fast typing helps me immensely.

My forum posts don't take me that much time (even though they're often long).

When I'm listening to a presentation, I can take better, more complete notes.

I would say that investing some time in improving your typing speed is a no-brainer for almost anyone.

*edit*
With that said, there are still times when my typing speed is not fast enough.
  • I can't type as fast as I can think. My thoughts often run way ahead of my fingers. I find it is better to record a voice memo to capture thoughts, rather than writing things out. Later, I can always have that voice memo transcribed by Rev.com if I need a text version of it.
  • I can't type indefinitely. My wrists end up hurting over time. So I often will use the voice typing feature in Google Docs to create text that only needs minor edits to clean up.
 

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Maybe keybr is good for ppl who already know stuff but I adore typingstudy.com for ppl who are brand new. It shows you where to put your fingers AS you’re typing. It’s free as well.
 

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I can't type as fast as I can think. My thoughts often run way ahead of my fingers.
My typing speed is totally in sync with my ability to think. Currently 5 words per minute. :smile:

When I was 13 and taking my options for the last two years of school I chose typing. The headmaster put a vito on it though, as he said the only reason I wanted to take typing was because I’d be the only boy in a class with all girls. In my defence he was only partly right.
 

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Fastest Typist = Best Copywriter ;)

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Uh oh you probably sparked a forum-wide typing competition.
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100 club here :smile2:

I remember 4th grade, we were learning to type.

All of the other kids were just focused on playing the games. Using hunt and peck with 2 fingers to try and move the dog across the screen as fast as possible.

I would not allow myself to do it incorrectly. I kept my hands in place, just like shown in the picture. I was much slower than they were in the short-term, but it paid off in the end.

@Lex DeVille Do you have any opinions on equipment? Does a mechanical keyboard help increase speed or reduce errors? A certain brand or model? I just type on my laptop. I do like 50+ emails a day, some of them get long. Typing speed is crucial for my time input.
 

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Fast typing is a wonderful skill. My parents and friends are in awe when I type, because I don't look at the keyboard, type very fast (compared to them), and I don't make many mistakes. But more so than impressing other people it's helped me immensely as a freelance translator / writer.

This is my typing speed in English.

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And this is my typing speed in Italian (my native language)

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I've done these tests in the past, and I always get between 95 and 105 WPM, so these are pretty accurate.

I wonder if it would make sense for me to strive for a faster typing speed, but I don't feel like I need it.
 

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@Lex DeVille Do you have any opinions on equipment? Does a mechanical keyboard help increase speed or reduce errors? A certain brand or model? I just type on my laptop. I do like 50+ emails a day, some of them get long. Typing speed is crucial for my time input.
I don't have any brand/model recommendations. I have a harder time typing on apple laptop keyboards. The keys seem like they're spaced differently. I can't feel them as well. I used an acer laptop in the test above.

Seat height and posture influence speed a lot. I need my seat and posture to position me slightly above the keyboard to get the best speeds.

Also room temperature. Cold affects my speed downward by around 10 WPM. Same thing with poor circulation (which seems to be a problem during typing tests and competitions).
 

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Fast typing is a wonderful skill. My parents and friends are in awe when I type, because I don't look at the keyboard, type very fast (compared to them), and I don't make many mistakes. But more so than impressing other people it's helped me immensely as a freelance translator / writer.

This is my typing speed in English.

View attachment 32952

And this is my typing speed in Italian (my native language)

View attachment 32953

I've done these tests in the past, and I always get between 95 and 105 WPM, so these are pretty accurate.

I wonder if it would make sense for me to strive for a faster typing speed, but I don't feel like I need it.
I don't think speed matters that much. I mean, even if you get faster, are you really typing at max speed throughout the day? I probably hover around 100-110 wpm for general typing. It's slower because it's unfocused. There's no intent to reach max speed.

It matters for slow people tho. 30 wpm would take forever. :D
 

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I don't think speed matters that much. I mean, even if you get faster, are you really typing at max speed throughout the day? I probably hover around 100-110 wpm for general typing. It's slower because it's unfocused. There's no intent to reach max speed.

It matters for slow people tho. 30 wpm would take forever. :D
Most of my forum posts are done on my phone. I like that it slows my thinking down and forces me to write less.
 
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When I'm listening to a presentation, I can take better, more complete notes.
Somehow I haven't thought about this one, but definitely, oftentimes I feel so rushed, but writing just a little bit faster would solve that problem.

Don't they teach touch-typing in school these days?
I taught myself in the 90's with the aid of "Typing Tutor" a program that came on floppy disk, 5.25" as I recall.
Of course I'd rather have studied at Sara Beattie, but I didn't have the legs for it.
Haha not really, at least not in the country where I live. But I do recall, we had one class about this topic, but the teacher simply introduced us to the hand positioning and that's it. Deal with it yourself kids.

Maybe keybr is good for ppl who already know stuff but I adore typingstudy.com for ppl who are brand new. It shows you where to put your fingers AS you’re typing. It’s free as well.
I checked it out, it's helpful especially with the hand positioning. I will add that to the post, thank you for the recommendation.
 

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