Monday, December 10, 2012

Dictation Software.. the good, the bad, and the kinda embarrassing...

Okay, so this is more of a ramble than a legitimate post... I shouldn't even admit this, but here it goes:

I have been using Nuance Dragon dictation software, off and on for about two years now.  I love it.  It really helps with those high word count days.  You know, when your brain is jazzed and you just want to fly through the story while its fresh and exciting?!

That is the UP side... I would just slip into that headset, and daydream out loud... and the words would just appear on paper as if my Muse were taking notes FOR me!


Here's the catch... my Muse stinks at grammar, and don't even get me started on the run on sentences! I'm not talking normal run on sentences, either. (my weakness, as it is!)  I'm saying that there is not a coma or period in that entire manuscript that I didn't SAY.  Literally.  I have to say "period".

You CAN get down the bulk of your story fast this way... but if you just plow through with the dictation software, never proofreading at the end of days work... be ready to spend some time on extensive edits.

I'm not saying edit as you go. Not at all... Unless you're Dean Koontz... that will put your story in some serious peril. 

I just mean, if you are going to use some dictation software... the very best way to do it, is to dictate, then correct the typos and punctuation THAT DAY.  This is not editing, per se... this is an investment in your future sanity.

Otherwise, the mistakes can all start to blur together.  It can knock some of the wind out of you, for sure.


I love my dictation software... I'm just saying... use with caution. ;)


  1. Argh,

    I just started with dictation software and each time I let out a frustrated #@%*, it hears "talk."
    Go figure.

    Have a Merry Christmas Casey.



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