Some writers feel much more comfortable sitting down and writing their book in longhand. I have heard writers who do this say that their thoughts seem to flow from their brain through their arm to their hand. The words come easily when they are writing them in longhand rather than trying to type on a computer.
Researchers say this may be because when you use your hand to form the letters, you more actively engage the brain in the process.
This is true even for those writers who may be proficient at the keyboard and I can understand that. Thank goodness it isn’t true of me because even I can’t read my handwriting. I can’t take notes in meetings because when I try to decipher them later, either I can’t read the words at all, or the words don’t make sense.
Other times when it may be necessary to have a manuscript typed is if the original is so poor that it can’t be easily converted. This is oftentimes true of manuscripts that were written with a typewriter, particularly if the typewriter had a poor ribbon. I have run into instances such as this and the PDF conversion was so poor it couldn’t be corrected—or it would take much longer to correct it than to type it.
If you are proficient using the keyboard, you probably find it hard to believe that there are people who find it easier to write something rather than typing, but I have had several clients who presented one or more of the above scenarios to me. In one case, the handwriting was also quite poor and I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to decipher it correctly. I suggested that they record what they had written and we transcribed it. That worked very well.
When typing a document, we not only use the tools provided by Word, such as automatically spacing and paragraphing correctly, but we also use tools which automatically fill in words and correct misspelled/mistyped words. It’s like a keyboard shorthand.
This means that our experts are not only expert word processors, they are fast and accurate on the keyboard and they know how to “make the computer do the work for you.”