Laptop, thy name is error!


typing blindWe’re waist deep into editing and rewriting now and one thing is painfully clear about Book Three:  Man, I made a ton of typing errors.

By now, you’re all familiar with my process.  Bring the laptop to the beach, type away blindly (due to the glare) until sweat, rain or brain-lock brings the writing to a halt.  With Book One, I edited each day’s work at the end of each day.  Book Two was done on notepads, so it was a transcribing issue.  For Book Three, I waited until finished to begin editing.  Big mistake.  The last of many.

The amount of errors in the writing was beyond my nightmares.  The typos, sure, I get.  I have this issue with typing too fast and having letters come out in the wrong order.  That’s mostly attributable to (a) no use of the “home row” method (b) being left-hand dominant and (c) tiny keys and stubby fingers.

Unfortunately, the errors don’t stop there.  The tiny keyboard on the laptop (this is a computer just bigger than a netbook, if you want to picture it), means I often hit some horribly inappropriate keys at equally horribly unfortunate times.

For example, when I mean to hit the “a”, my finger actually tags the “caps lock” button and a whole sentence or paragraph ensues in all caps.  There is no easy edit for reducing all caps to normal text.

Or, on the other hand (literally), I bump the “page up” key and have whole sections pop into the middle of the previous page(s).  Ugh.  At least those can be cut-and-pasted.  Once I figure out where they go down below (since at some point, I realize I’m not typing at the end of the page and hit “CTRL-END” to get back down there).

All of those corrections have to be made before I can even begin to do the actual re-writing.  Fortunately, Word gives me those wonderful red and blue underlines to let me know something squirrely is going on (the caps lock stuff I can see for myself).  That doesn’t correct real errors, such as to vs. too and form vs. from, but that’s where the true editing comes in.

Funny thing, I noticed immediately the change from when I began writing in the office vs. writing at the beach.  Some of the transposition errors were still there, but the bulk of the bizarre errors were gone.

It’s amazing how good a typist I am when I can see.

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