My content writing just got easier

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This post is about some new tools that I now use for content writing. I always seem to have good ideas about the content I want to write, but I tend to think faster than I type in end up losing my thoughts. I also tend to have great ideas while driving down the road. And by the time I get to where I'm going I totally forgot my great idea.

So, I was at RadioShack because the going out of business, and was able to pick up a small digital recorder at half-price. I went to eBay and was able to get version 11.5 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for $10 plus shipping. These two tools have solved many of my content writing problems.

I am now able to drive down the road speak my thoughts have it recorded and later when I get home I can plug it into my computer and Dragon Naturally Speaking will type it out for me that all I have to do is edit the content.

It wasn't until I got these two tools that I realized that most of my content writing problems were in the mechanics of of the writing and not the actual coming up of ideas.

I hope this helps

al
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeClicxy
    That is actually pretty cool idea and useful advice here. How come I never thought of speech recognition soft. before. Thanks for sharing agmccall!
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    Good deal! That's a perfect, yet simple solution!

    I'm a pretty fast typist myself, and so I use this to my advantage...

    I created a main file called "Swipe Files" and then inside of that I created subcategory topic files that I'm interested in. Anytime I'm reading an article or watching a video I open up an existing text file from one of these file folders or open up my notepad to create a new one if I don't have one yet.

    Whenever I read or watch videos, ideas start churning in my head and so I quickly type ideas and tips that I want to jot down. These swipe files are perfect for when I'm creating a blog post or creating a new information product.

    You have to think about your strengths and use them to the best possibilities...and also your weaknesses are a chance of coming up with possible solutions to a problem. (And hey, you could create an new product based around your solution. hee hee!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian McMullan
    Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

    This post is about some new tools that I now use for content writing. I always seem to have good ideas about the content I want to write, but I tend to think faster than I type in end up losing my thoughts. I also tend to have great ideas while driving down the road. And by the time I get to where I'm going I totally forgot my great idea.

    So, I was at RadioShack because the going out of business, and was able to pick up a small digital recorder at half-price. I went to eBay and was able to get version 11.5 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for $10 plus shipping. These two tools have solved many of my content writing problems.

    I am now able to drive down the road speak my thoughts have it recorded and later when I get home I can plug it into my computer and Dragon Naturally Speaking will type it out for me that all I have to do is edit the content.

    It wasn't until I got these two tools that I realized that most of my content writing problems were in the mechanics of of the writing and not the actual coming up of ideas.

    I hope this helps

    al
    Hi Al

    Pretty good idea although is there a lot of training to be done for the Dragon Naturally Speaking software so it will recognise what you say.

    I may just be that I was using an earlier one but no matter how much speaking into the thing to teach it my voice it still took wobblers and typed out gibberish. It took me longer to edit that than typing it out from the start.

    Maybe the newer stuff has better recognition software

    Cheers

    Ian
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      I've used the same system myself and only had so-so results. Like Ian, I would often get weird "words" that made no sense.

      You'd be surprised how many of us speak differently than we write . . . at least that is my experience. I ended up nearly starting from scratch every time I needed to edit what I spoke.

      Recording your words is a great idea for capturing thoughts and ideas so you can work on them at a later time. But for me at least, trying to make a written product from simply recording my conversation didn't work so well because of the amount of editing I had to do.

      Just my experience,

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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by Ian McMullan View Post

      Hi Al

      Pretty good idea although is there a lot of training to be done for the Dragon Naturally Speaking software so it will recognise what you say.

      I may just be that I was using an earlier one but no matter how much speaking into the thing to teach it my voice it still took wobblers and typed out gibberish. It took me longer to edit that than typing it out from the start.

      Maybe the newer stuff has better recognition software

      Cheers

      Ian
      I picked up version 11.5 home edition and when I opened the program for the first time I ran through a series of paragraphs to check my voice level and whatnot and the only issue I have had is the word "edit" when I say that it treats it as a command to open the edit tab of the program I am speaking into.

      If you have a heavy southern accent, English or Australian it might require a different version.

      All in all, I have had no problems.

      Also here is a trick I learned through trial an error. According to Nuance, the makers of dragon. you need the premier version to input your voice through a recorder. But, the recorder I have has a jack for a mic as well as a jack for headphones. On the recorder I plugged into the headphone jack then plugged the other end into the mic jack on my computer and it works great.

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    • Profile picture of the author asiogroup
      Similar thing happened to me, I used it once and never even tried again.

      But if it recognizes your voice and turns it into text the right way, then this a Gold idea.

      For Writing, I used an app called Writebox, that is available on Web, Chrome Browser, Android, iOS.
      It helps me continue writing on any device as the content can be synced via Dropbox or Google Drive.

      Correction: Just to make my statement clear, I did not try Dragon NaturallySpeaking but another software. I have no doubts about its capability, it's just these software do not treat my accent well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    The digital recorder is an excellent idea. We do tend to get some of the best ideas when we are not at work behind the computer. I did the same thing, bought a digital recorder from Source (Canada's Radio Shack).

    Most cell phones come with built in voice recorders but there can be multiple steps that you have to take and not something you should do while driving.

    But the digital recorder start with just one click of the button.

    I also get really good ideas while I am driving. Thanks for the share.
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  • Profile picture of the author ricgrb1
    If you get the newer version of Dragon naturally speaking and you have an iPhone there is an app that allows you to do the same thing to
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I've used a small recorder for years. I got the idea from a reporter on a TV show.

    They used to be fairly expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author lunaBEAM
    I also have Dragon Naturally Speaking and it's an awesome tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucasp
    Dragon takes an age to train.

    I'm waiting until version 20 when it can transcribe my gibberish into intelligible words.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbystabby
    Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

    This post is about some new tools that I now use for content writing. I always seem to have good ideas about the content I want to write, but I tend to think faster than I type in end up losing my thoughts. I also tend to have great ideas while driving down the road. And by the time I get to where I'm going I totally forgot my great idea.

    So, I was at RadioShack because the going out of business, and was able to pick up a small digital recorder at half-price. I went to eBay and was able to get version 11.5 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for $10 plus shipping. These two tools have solved many of my content writing problems.

    I am now able to drive down the road speak my thoughts have it recorded and later when I get home I can plug it into my computer and Dragon Naturally Speaking will type it out for me that all I have to do is edit the content.

    It wasn't until I got these two tools that I realized that most of my content writing problems were in the mechanics of of the writing and not the actual coming up of ideas.

    I hope this helps

    al
    I have an older version of dragon but it is terrible! it could be my mic though. useful tip though, I may give mine another go. Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author eac113
    I have used Rev as well for transcriptions, it easier for me to get in the flow when thinking and speaking.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Good share Al.
    Ive been using DNS for a while and it makes it so much easier, i can recommend it to anyone who struggles to get pen to paper...

    Those of you who were not happy with the results of previous versions may want to give DNS 13 a retry, i speak with a SA accent and i maybe get 2-3 mistakes out of 500 words. You have to check your work anyway whether you type or speak so spending 2 minutes editing 2 words is not a problem for me...

    The only time i have more errors is when i'm dealing with technical subjects such as doing reviews, using abbreviations etc.

    PS. Anyone wanting DNS for transcribing as Al mentioned, you have to get the premium version, the home version does not have that ability...
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post


      PS. Anyone wanting DNS for transcribing as Al mentioned, you have to get the premium version, the home version does not have that ability...
      Actually, there is a workaround that I have found for this. On my recorder there are 2 jacks one for a mic and one for headphones. I picked up a stereo cable to match the jacks. I plug one end to the headphone jack on the recorder and the other end to the mic jack on my computer and it works great. I mentioned this in an earlier post on this thread.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
    Really cool that you were able to get it for $10. I always wanted to try this out but was too cheap to buy it and try it

    I'm going to do some digging around ebay, thanks for the tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I've used that in the past to try to 'speed up' my writing. I had to speak so SLOWLY that writing my stuff out is actually faster. Also, I write using STORIES to CONVINCE the reader to take action or subconsciously absorb pre-sales concepts/emotional triggers through the KNOW-LIKE-TRUST buying process. It's hard to do that saying stuff off the top of my head. I had to keep repeating myself slightly to 'edit.' I found out that I had to speak, clean up the transcription, edit the transcription, and format to maximize persuasive value. Very time-consuming.

    With writing, I just think, outline, flesh out the outline, and head for the beach.

    Anyway, great tool for people who just need to 'get something done' someway somehow.

    Thanks for the share.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdingram
    Thank you all for the great tip. I tried Dragon a few years ago and it didn't work for me at all but maybe the newer version is better for me. Right now what I do for my writing is I speak into my notes app on my iPhone and that works very well.

    Cheers,
    Suzanne
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Henson
      I have been using the free "Dragon Dictation" app on my iPhone for a few years now to write articles for my sites.

      All I do is research an article and put it into my own words or if I'm tired or in a lazy mood, I'll simply reword articles, sentence by sentence. Works incredibly well.

      After that, each article takes me about 10 minutes to edit and correct mistakes (no software or app is perfect).

      From start to finish, a 1,000 word article takes approximately 20 minutes, with a lot of practice and experience using a speech to text app.
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    Cool idea. Just to share though, I made this blog account two years ago and I just made my first post last January of this year. Yep, I know that it took time for me to finally wrote my very first blog content that I should've done two years ago. Now, I am thinking if I still write my past travel adventures or just wait for another one.
    Anyway, recording would be a big help, it is much convenient I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    Just FYI, some (most?) versions of Windows come with free speech recognition software built in to them, so you don't have to buy expensive software to do it.
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