Posted: 2008-11-28 08:40
I personally can type a lot faster than I can write, but that's probably because I happen to spend most of my time (QRL and freetime :) in front of a computer. I am not a touch typist though.
With normal handwriting, I can get up to about 25wpm, but it gets a little uncomfortable. Some participants of high speed CW competitions use a special shorthand technique to write much faster.
Since your intention is probably to learn and use CW in ham radio, the ultimate goal is to do normal QSOs with headcopy, so you are not required to write down much. If writing the texts on paper and then type it in works for you, I guess that's fine, if you don't mind the little extra time needed for typing it in after the attempt..
Good luck with learning CW!
Posted: 2008-12-01 20:55
When I started this I found that writing it down was the rate limiting step, but typing it was worse.
I have now evolved a speed-writing style to get over this - and to avoid the other issue of not being able to read what I wrote.
I guess it's a lot easier with actual words.