I am now using Dragon naturally speaking to dictate this post.
I have long thought that I should create more posts on my blog and also write other material which will entertain and attract readers. In the past I have tried using the Windows speech recognition system but found that it was not very efficient. I likewise tried using the Android equivalent and found it was somewhat more accurate, but neither of them was good enough to make me want to persevere.
Almost the first thing I did when I left university was to learn to type. As a touch typist, I find that typing is perfectly adequate for my needs. I can type faster than I can think. And when you consider that my output when writing fiction is on average 140 words an hour (allowing for plotting, proofing, editing and thinking), I don’t really need to type very quickly!
However I know that I need to speak far more than I do at present. Authors need a public presence, and talking both directly to audiences and via the media are a vital skill which I feel I need to cultivate. Dictating to a computer is one possible way of making me learn to speak more and to think in whole, rounded, elegant sentences in a relatively painless way. My writing style I would describe as hacking. I write and then edit and re-edit until I think I have something which people will want to read. But obviously that’s impossible if you are speaking to a journalist or an audience.
So I have invested $140 in the Dragon system and this is my first attempt at using it. There has been no training I simply installed it and began to use it, although I have two admit I was somewhat doubtful about it after my previous experience with the other two systems.
But now, after a very short trial, I have to declare that I am very impressed with the quality of the speech recognition. There are hardly any errors, which is a very good thing since I do not know how to issue commands to correct them!
So now I have no excuse whatsoever for not producing regular posts which will both thrill and galvanise my host of expectant fans into even greater enthusiasm for the wisdom and eloquence of me, their favourite author!!!