For a long-time journalist who once typed 125 words a minutes, living in a world where the typing speed is down to about 20 wpm with the accompanying mistakes, this period of my life has been hel…err I mean hell.
My growing battle with nerve damage, combined with some of the drugs they put me on for dealing with the pain from that damage, destroyed my coordination, sent my concentration off to Mars and left me with with little or no focus.
Concentration can be a writer’s best friend or his worst nightmare. Mine, lately, has been Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.
You’d think that technology would make writing easier but I find it gets in the way. Real-time spell checkers, grammar correctors and other writing tools are too distracting the writing process.
Plus those who publish blogs tend to serve as their own proofreaders and no one should proof their own material.
And I’m an old fashioned guy who likes to work on an old-fashioned, straight-foward, simple keyboard, not the current crop of smart phones, touchpads and super-gizmo laptops with multi-function keyboards and menus with more layers than my grandmother’s old chocolate layer cake.
Anyone who a good used Underwood?
Seriously, I’m aware of the problem and an looking now for ways to deal with it. I’ve had several offers of proofreading help but will need to work out logistics.
Any other ideas would be appreciated.