I type with blazing speed…and then spend a third to half of my time rapidly hitting the backspace key with my right pinky. The faster I type, the more mistakes I make, and the more I need to backspace. This is a ridiculous situation.
Something else happens when I type quickly: I throw my fingers at the keyboard with more momentum. They land with greater force. Sometimes, they begin to ache. This was hardly perceptible until last week, when I realized that the distal interphalangeal joint of my right pinky–the joint nearest the tip of the finger–ached while typing.
I realized I had to “backspace” my approach to typing–I had to “rewrite” my approach. So, I forced myself to type slowly, softly. It was hard to slow down at first, but I soon realized that I made hardly any mistakes while typing slowly, so I didn’t waste time on the backspace key and therefore didn’t lose much efficiency. (“Slowly”, I realize, is a relative concept.)
I noticed something else: typing now soothes my fingers instead of hurting them. It’s become enjoyable.