I decided to make a serious effort to empower the microphone and my voice to see whether or not I could produce content without having to literally type it all out.
I just did about 30 or so minutes of dictation, and boom, 3,500 words popped-up on the screen. It's an amazing feeling.
Yes, there is editing to be done. But editing a document that is mostly finished opposed to one that is not, is like comparing apples and oranges. The accuracy is pretty good but again well worth dealing with opposed to having to type it all out.
Here are some of the things I've discovered...
- Have an outline. Without one (just like in "real" writing), it's hard. An outline is like a map - a step-by-step resource. You're no longer wandering aimlessly, you have a defined path and all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.
- Record to a file (I use Audacity) and have it transcribe the file. I found myself agonizing over corrections and typos when I did it on the screen (I try and do this though every so often so Dragon gets smarter about my speaking).
- Record one section at a time... nothing like doing 30 minutes and realizing something went wrong.
I cannot recommend it enough. No more writers agony...