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    Where do you place you eyes when typing?

    I often am not sure if I should look at the computer screen when I'm writing or look at something else. My experience is that each has pros and cons. When I watch the screen my typing is more precise and I make fewer mistakes, but when I look at something other than the screen I feel like my ideas sometimes flow better.

    I am relatively new to the writing craft so I haven't figured out what works best. I am just wondering other people's experience...



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    Everyone is different, so do whatever is best for you. I tend to not watch the screen, as you mentioned, the creativity flows better when I'm not watching for mistakes.
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    The screen for me.

    Same thing when I play the piano; I keep my eyes on the sheet music (until I have to turn the darn pages).

    It probably depends on how skilled you are working the keyboard. If you're a hunt-and-pecker....(ooh, did that last word make it through? )

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    Um...I have to look at the keys at least 75% of the time. I never did learn how to type correctly. I started writing stories on a typewriter (a manual Royal) when I was 9, and by the time I took typing (yeah, typing--not keyboarding) in junior high I was doomed for life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Foyle View Post
    Same thing when I play the piano; I keep my eyes on the sheet music (until I have to turn the darn pages).

    It probably depends on how skilled you are working the keyboard. If you're a hunt-and-pecker....(ooh, did that last word make it through? )
    Do you have a problem with wood-peckers Kitty??

    When I play the piano and clarinet, I always look at the sheet too, no matter how well I know the piece. It was different when I played the violin (notice the past tense, those things are harder to maintain) though, once I knew the notes I tended to drift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Foyle View Post
    ...If you're a hunt-and-pecker.... )

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    Leave it to Kitts to be a huntin' peckers when she should be a writing ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith . View Post
    Leave it to Kitts to be a huntin' peckers when she should be a writing ...
    And leave it to Klever Keith to come up with a good one!

    Miranda queried, "Do you have a problem with wood-peckers Kitty??"

    Although I adore Woody, I'm partial to Garfield.




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    lol... That is a good one Keith (but you that when you typed it)

    I need to get a bumper sticker like that for a friend of mine. She's always wrong yet thinks she's right.
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    YEP look at the screen - Played piano for 8 years and like Kitty, I only look at the sheet music when playing! I guess I'm a wood- pecker hater too!

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    I look at the screen...but then when I think "Wow, I'm doing this without looking at the keys," things go wildly astray. I'm not sure when/if my creativity is "bumped" when I look in a certain direction...but I imagine that, like Miranda mentioned up there, I am giving over some of my mind's power to looking for mistakes on the screen, which would take away the focus of the actual story-writing.

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