Like any craft, writing has its own unique set of required skills. If I was to ask my fellow writing buddies what the most essential skill for writing is they would most likely list things like plotting, story arcs, character development, world building, and pacing, to name a few.
I’m thinking on a different level. The Absolute #1 Skill that a writer must have is, wait for it…
There, I said it.
Think about it. A carpenter who has mastered the technique of hammering nails will work far faster and better than one who misses half the time and either damages the wood or bends the nail. With the time saved not having to make repairs the carpenter can devote more time to the finishing details.
A writer is much the same. One who can touch type, or type without looking at the keys, can get their thoughts out on the page faster than one who has to fight to find the letters. This is especially important when the story starts flowing. A touch typist can ride this wave of inspiration faster and further before distraction comes along to break the train of thought.
The less time spent inputting our ideas onto the page means more time to revise, edit, and make them shine.
It’s never too late to learn to touch type. There are dozens of great sites online that teach this valuable skill.
If you don’t mind the ads one of the top free typing tutor sites is Typing Web – it tracks progress and drills the different areas of the keyboard. The premium version removes the ads and unlocks additional levels.
Another site is Power Typing – although not as well designed as Typing Web, it’s ad free and has other useful features.