I wanted to test the Google Documents text to speech while using classical music in the background. I haven’t written a blog post in a very long time using dictation. I find it can be quite interesting to use it for writing experiences. One of the things I’m trying to do is to make sure that I get the ideas down for my next book. I keep dancing between several different topics and this is quite frustrating for me right now, so I will devise a way to use dictation software to get more words down. Another part of the reason I’m using dictation software to try and encapsulate my next book, because I want the book to be about my experiences and dictation is often a better way to do that than sitting down and typing it out. I’ve often used a tape recorder to record my thoughts and I’ve always enjoyed the freedom it gives me to express my ideas. The biggest drawback with using any sort of recording device is that it doesn’t become text automatically. So my idea would be to do this sort of speech to text software to make it easier for me to edit a first draft later.
I think one of the biggest problems with writing and the digital format is the problem of information disappearing into the unseeable depths of your hard drive. Since it’s not a document that’s just sitting on a table somewhere if he comes this Vapor that can’t be seen until it’s pulled up on the screen and that’s a real problem I think for many writers. It was part of the reason that I wrote my last book on a typewriter as opposed to using a computer oh, I found it a good way to keep me motivated and get the pages down and in ultimately in the end it helped me to produce a book fairly quickly. With the Advent of being able to speak into a microphone and have the words become print I know this could increase the amount of production that I can have for my writing.
What I do know is it will be a problem to clearly express complicated grammar that will be missing if I use dictation software. Dictation is great for getting ideas down, for making comments about things that you observe, it also is very good for expressing emotions and working out ideas in a free-flowing way. What it is not good at is crafting the words in a way that would be artistic. I think that’s what rewriting is all about. It’s all about changing the words to a literary form which a spoken form is not. So I think that for me it will be a chance to build up my ability to speak clearly and with more random vocabulary.
What I do know is that I can talk. I know I can talk a lot! And because of this it gives me the confidence to at least make a shot at writing a book using dictation software first, and then jumping into the full edit process with the first draft manuscript (which I actually enjoy, it is not a dread for me at all). I think it all boils down to that first draft manuscript doesn’t it? We need to get that first draft out oh, it is the stuff that will become the next piece of our catalog. for all of us who are writing the true meter of what works is whether something is produced or not oh, I know that if I can dictate what I’m thinking in a logical and clear way, it will be the next productive work. So in this way I think I will have a chance to express my next novel in the first draft form. Then I take that first draft form and crafted into a better edit of the book. That is what all writing is and I think that doing that will make it a much stronger and more productive process.
So I look at this as an opportunity for me to experiment with something new and I do recommend Google Documents the online document program, to use for dictation because it is fairly accurate. And I’m a very fast speaker so this text that’s being written here, without being edited, is basically done in only about 5 minutes. That’s more than a page of speaking and I barely even scratched the surface of my own writing abilities as far as producing a post. So I think it’s going to be an interesting experience to use this to improve my writing and improve my production, because ultimately really what I want to do is improve my output to the point where my works are available more frequently as Kindle eBooks than what they are right now. But hey, I can’t complain! After all, I had two books come out last year and that was a great thing for me. And I’ve already had a new book published this year, so I know I’m on the right track with my writing. The whole point is to keep it fresh and not give up. So for all of you out there you want to try to improve or in get better at your writing I would suggest try dictation at least for your blog posts and see how it works for you. I’m here and I want you to be encouraged by my own experiences. So let’s all keep riding together!