Training My Dragon

Brian-Head-Shot-for-ExtremelyAvgI did some writing today, but it was much slower going than I’m used to. The reason is I wasn’t using the keyboard. This post I’m writing using my voice.

For the last few weeks I’ve been considering getting Dragon Dictate and today I finally pulled the trigger. I purchased the version for my MacBook Air and now I’m in the process of training my Dragon to understand my speech. There are four tutorials that one reads each one a little different than the one before. It took me about 45 minutes to read through the tutorials, but when I was done it was apparent that the dictation was much more accurate.

My hope is to be able to go from typing 60 words a minute to speaking 140 words per minute. The challenge will be writing fiction with my voice. Doing this blog post via the spoken word isn’t that hard. It leads me to believe that speaking as opposed to writing for my nonfiction works will be easy.

I did do some testing with fiction. It took me quite a while to get through 500 words. Of course my brain is used to speaking my stories. If I can get comfortable with speaking fiction then that should improve my productivity as well and that means more books.

One of the challenges I had with the fiction was Dragon Dictate recognizing the name of one of my characters, Jock (this is how Dragon Dictate spells Jacque) and I haven’t figured out how to teach it to spell the name correctly. I’m sure there’s a way, but I don’t know what that way might be.

Well, I better get back to writing, or more accurately, teaching my Dragon to understand me.