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Writing. Good.

For writing, I recommend this book: The Artists Way

My comment on consolidating related skills: Typing is a mechanical skill, whereas writing is a creative one. I'd say do the writing longhand if you're not a fast typist, then work on typing separately. These are the kinds of exercises you get learning to type:

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Now is the time for all good men to rally to the aid of their party.
Now is the time for all good men to rally to the aid of their party.
Now is the time for all good men to rally to the aid of their party.

etc. It is purely mechanical. I took typing in high school, so it is second nature to me, but as a beginner, it is very frustrating and slow, so I don't think the two would mix so well.

I'd say an hour of writing, then an hour of typing practice. Of course, you could practice typing out what you wrote out by hand. That would be a good way to combine them!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts