Most people don’t realize how much harder it is to write a short article than a large article

The Economist’s Andreas Kluth explains: “The folks at the New Yorker can blather on and on (”On an overcast Monday afternoon, I strode across Fifth Avenue to interview John Smith, ….”). We have to get to the point. There should be some nuance, some color, and we should cover the main bases, but all in … 500 words!

It’s friggin’ difficult. Then the readers show up in the mostly infantile comments section below the articles, invariably accusing us of utter ignorance, if not downright malice, because they know (or imagine) one little detail that was not in the 500 words.

Beyond that, of course, the brevity often hurts me, the writer. Invariably, I do research for every piece until I am satisfied that I know the subject well enough. I could easily then fill a few thousand words. So much therefore gets left on the cutting floor.

Which brings me to my second reason for linking to this week’s piece…”

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Five free places to learn how to touch type online

Sites suggested by Jane Hart. For links, click through to her post (at end, below):
1. Goodtyping.com – Online typing course
2. Peter’s Online Typing Course – A set of free online typing lessons and typing exercises for beginning typists
3. Power Typing -this online free typing tutor is an educational web site for kids, students and adults alike!
4. typeonline.co.uk – structured touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their keyboard skills
5. Typing Web – free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all ages. All skill levels will benefit from TypingWeb’s free keyboarding lessons.

UPDATE: I’ve just found another one on my list!
6. Keybr – Online keyboarding lesson

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