I’ve followed writers doing NaNoWriMo and the Three-Day Novel Contest, and I’ve noticed one thing: I tend to write faster than the average person. Most people seem to write about 1,000 words an hour — sometimes much less. When I was writing my first draft, I was writing at a pace of about 1,500 words per hour.
I’m not saying this to brag. In fact, I wondered if maybe I was doing something wrong — maybe I wasn’t being careful enough about what I wrote?
But then I hit upon what I believe is a pretty reasonable explanation: I know how to type.
Now, I’m not 100% sure that this is the reason why do 1,500 words per hour where others don’t. But I am sure that the faster you type, the faster you will write. That should be incentive enough to learn, n’est pas?
Want to Pick Up Your Typing Speed (and Be a Faster Writer) Before NaNoWriMo Starts?
Here are a couple resources I found to help you practice your typing. They’re online and they’re free.
You can find more by Googling “Typing Test” or “Typing Tutor”. Be warned though, there is a lot of junk out there…!
Happy Typing (and Writing)!