Writing with Voice Dictation for Speedy Sentences

by Miranda Brumbaugh in ,

I am working on ways to improve my writing speed and writing quality, both for work as a web content creator and for my fiction writing. There simply are not enough hours in the day—and night—to do all of the writing that I need and want to do. Additionally I don’t want to blow through writing my book-in-progress or web content because quality is queen.

E-books at Kindle Unlimited

I've been reading this e-book that I got for free through Kindle Unlimited, which I guess means it's not actually free as that program is $10 a month for a subscription. At any rate the book I am currently reading titled "Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day” by Monica Leonelle has already paid off for me.

A tip: Via Kindle Unlimited there are several e-books for people who need or want to learn more about writing as a freelancer or a fiction writer. They aren’t all great. One I read actually had typos in it—a book by a writer for a writer with typos is a total turnoff for me.

One of the suggestions in "Write Better, Faster" is to write using voice dictation. I am already a pretty fast typist especially when I get in the flow on a topic I know a lot about. However, my fingers tend to cramp up and refuse to operate after writing 10,000 words a day which happens quite often. Additionally, I write fiction in pen on paper in the evenings and when it comes time to write that way my fingers are curling up like dead coral. I should add, since it is winter, as it reaches Arctic cold temps here in South Dakota it is more of a challenge to type with cold fingers than with warm ones and who has time to type wearing gloves? Not this speed demon!

Voice Dictation for Writers

So how do I write faster? Voice dictation, that's the next step for me. In fact I’m using voice dictation to write this post in rough draft. It's my first day so I'm still a little nervous speaking out loud, and I have yet to get the commands down properly. Also I prefer to listen to loud music when writing, which is not conducive with voice dictation. It’s the little things. However, if this tool can help me in anyway to either write faster or better I'm all for a change.

To Dragon or Not?

The voice command works well even with my southern-ish dialect, which is surprising, especially considering it is a program built into my iMac. I have heard of the Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software; however, for the price tag free is better than not free in my opinion. I believe that as long as this freebie works I can avoid that investment. But if I find that I am using this dictation program more frequently and need to upgrade to something more substantial it would be a worthwhile investment at that point.

My question for you is do you use a voice dictation program and if so what are your pros and cons with this writing tool. Please comment I'd love to hear from you! 

Fiction Writing Saga Post #1

by Miranda Brumbaugh in , ,

Disclaimers! because, yea. notice this is a #1 post, which means it's the first of many in an ongoing series of posts. to set the pace proper, here are some rules you must accept. 

First: i will be using lower case and there will be typos. if you know me, you know that i would never ever Ever allow for this type of grammatical misbehavior, but it's about to get real. when i spend a ton of time editing and rewriting these blog posts as i typically do, i write myself right out off my own blog. i am tight on time but i feel the urge to purge, lol, and it's easier when it's without revision. i promise to keep the misspellings to a tipple, *note, i wasn't sure if was using that word, tipple, correctly, and i need to inform you i am not because it means an alcoholic drink or its drunkard, but it looks good here and as the definition stands corrected, i'm keeping that tipple. again, in the 'real' world where people are reading your writing never ever Ever use a word without meaning. 

Second: the point of this is to write a post a week about my ongoing progress for fiction writing. sort of A: a way to reflect back on my progress B: to create a journey for readers to be able to see how one story was told aka written C: to give me something fruit juicy and creative to write about here on this blog. 

now that that's out of the way...

Photo by Crew on Unsplashed

Photo by Crew on Unsplashed

i need to get back to work on my novel.

i have written a full rough draft, but then i felt like it could have went, the story that is, one of two directions, so i've started rewriting the whole thing in a different direction, which i've got a huge chunk of. the ending is now skewed because of the second draft. and then i wrote about 14 different versions of the opening, all fall in two camps: one feels way too Raold Dahl, love him!, while the other one is more biographical and that bothers me.

i don't want to write a book that is biographical, that's such a cliche. "They" all say that the first book a writer writes is semi-autobiographical, getting rid of all of those spiderwebs so you can clear out and start afresh with creativity. this book sort of is like that, but not really at all

it's a story about a girl. when i was in the 5th grade we did a project where everyone had to interview someone in their family about their family history. my family history is a shit show, so i was not looking forward to this. once i started asking, though, i got access to all of these pictures from when i was a baby and toddler, and that helped me piece together my personal history. i ended up doing this photo album in which i inserted pages where i'd handwritten my life's story up until that point.

by the way, i prophesized i would end up living in the woods in a cabin and i'd have a whole zoo of animals from barnyard pets to show horses. i want to say i said i would end up single, hahaha, but i think i said i'd be married with children, you know how that goes.

so the reason for that backstory is because that is exactly what i am writing about, a girl who lives in a cabin in the woods with animals, albeit the animals i'm writing about are fantasy creatures and all-so-scary and it doesn't end happily ever after at all. 

at around this same period i remember sitting on my front porch as a kid, looking out at the trees with leaves just turning to orange and red, vividly recall this, and thinking that i wanted to write a story. so i went and got my wide ruled sheets and a writing tool, probably one of those with multiple ink cartridges in one pen those are so cool, remember those?

and i swung in the front porch swing looking over into the woods and thinking of the main character of my story. it was a she. and that she is the basis of the character in my story today. i probably wrote about one sentence before going to get my dolls as distractions have always been a vice, and i definitely didn't keep that single sheet and solitary sentence. 

now i'm getting her back through storytelling and it's been an ethereal journey. writing the rough draft, sure i have made it a mess for myself. however, it's got good plotting and some of those good ole tropes fantasy writers are so fond of. i love the story overall. i just have to figure out what to do about those Forest Friendlies and the fantasy/horror world in the woods. 

and that's where i leave you today!

more to continue, as i post weekly progress reports on my progress with writing "In Deep."

What Freelance Writers Want to Know About WriterAccess

by Miranda Brumbaugh in , ,

After working as a full-time freelance writer since 2009, I've wrote for every site you can name including many that have gone on to the content writing site cemetery. On that note, I'm not the only freelance writer who focuses on web content to say that WriterAccess offers the greatest broker resource for freelancers, and here's why.

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How to Handle Winter as a Writer

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As a writer winter grants you the time, mental space and energy to pound out those keys. I find it that I get a lot more done in fall and winter than I do in spring and summer. I’m simply not sitting still enough when there are farmer’s markets, festivals and swimming to be done. Sure, I write in spring and summer, but I get a lot more words to paper when the leaves do their color dance and the snowflakes fly like cottonwood seeds without those sneezy allergens.

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Today is…Thesaurus Day!

by Miranda Brumbaugh in , , ,

For a writer this is a major holiday. Yes it is MLK, Jr. Day. It’s also Thesaurus Day! We’re all reflective of MLK Day, but how many people told you “Happy Thesaurus Day?” None? What a shame! Let me be the first then. Happy Thesaurus Day! In celebration of a writer’s favorite holiday, here are some resources for synonymicons and treasuries of words. And in the theme of the occasion, you’ll find some select synonyms to sprout out meanings of “thesaurus.”  

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11 Books to Stimulate Your Creative Writing

by Miranda Brumbaugh in , ,

Each week I will be posting a creative writing prompt of some variety. For this week’s creative writing prompt I’m whomping you with several writing resources. This way, how does the saying go? Give a person a fish…but teach them how to fish…Along that route I thought it would be fun to make a list of all of the writing prompt books I have on my shelves. These books will give you the opportunity to find thousands of ideas for writing. 

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