| Home | Free Articles for Your Site | Submit an Article | Advertise | Link to Us | Search | Contact Us |
This site is an archive of old articles


vertical line

Pen Stroke, Key Stroke

This year, after being separated from my computer for a ridiculous amount of time; I decided to go back to writing, in the pursuit of happiness. This year I decided to master keyboard composition. This has given me mixed results so far.

For many years, I wrote long hand on paper first, then edited, and then copied it by hand. When I was older, I processed it on a typewriter.

I remember watching movies with news reporters as characters in them. I watched amazed that they composed as they typed. The perceived speed, in which their fingers flew across the keyboard, amazed me further.

When I was first learning to type, my speed jumped from 10 words per minute to 35. I assumed that with more use and practise that this speed would naturally climb. I was wrong.

Years later, when I entered college, as a mature student, I had an electric typewriter. For most of our assignments, I continued to produce them in my usual way, unless I was fortunate enough to beat the line up in the computer room.

As the editor for most of my team writing assignments, it was sometimes necessary to rewrite portions of a report. Occasionally, I had the opportunity to compose a portion when the deadline was approaching and I had to fill in something that was missing.

In the years since college, I have returned to secretarial work. Even with all the business correspondence I have written over the years, my keystroke speed has not increased, nor has it offered much opportunity to compose. Word processing is a function that was relegated to perfecting work, after it was created, not part of the creation processes itself.

I did notice that email has been helpful in learning keyboard composition. Maybe thatís because of the source of the relationships; family and friends are usually easier to talk to. Sometimes, in order to maintain these relationships, the writing requires a great deal of editing. Instant messaging is still a challenge for me. I try not to use all the short cuts available.

One method Iím experimenting with is auto writing, this is interesting but it is difficult to do when others are present. I have resorted to closing my eyes, in order to focus. Iíve noticed that typos have increased.

I havenít given up writing longhand of course. I still use journals, or napkins; whatever usable writing surface is handy when Iím away from my computer. I guess in the pursuit of happiness, I shouldnít be debating whether itís pen stroke or keystroke I should just be pleased that I am writing again; and I am.

http://www.createyourplay.bravehost.com

Submitted by:

Robyn Lee

Robyn Lee has been an office administrator for twenty years.





ARTICLE CATEGORIES

Auto and Trucks
Business and Finance
Computers and Internet
Education
Family
Finances
Food and Drink
Gadgets and Gizmos
Health
Hobbies
Home Improvement
Humor
Kids and Teens
Legal
Marketing
Men
Music and Movies
Online Business
Parenting
Pets and Animals
Politics and Government
Recreation and Sports
Relationships
Religion and Faith
Self Improvement
Site Promotion
Travel and Leisure
Web Development
Women
Writing



http://www.articlesurfing.org/hobbies/pen_stroke_key_stroke.html
Copyright © 1995-2016 Photius Coutsoukis (All Rights Reserved).