I am attempting to master Dragon Dictation again.
My wrists have been bothering me as a result of recent repetitive stress, but more than that, as I pushed myself to finish the revision of Salvage, sacrificing my lunchtime walks (in order to spend yet more time in a chair) made my back cranky. Cranky in a way it hasn't been in a couple of years.
So Dictation was already in the back of my mind when I heard Rachael Herron interview Joanna Penn on The Petal to the Metal Podcast. Joanna had not followed Scott Baker's specific method for training Dragon, but instead created her own specific method to train herself. It sounded like it was going very well, and my hankering to try again grew.
I completed the 4th draft of Salvage on Sunday morning, and so when I set my goals for this week, I centered them around dictation, transcription, and new writing.
I figured I'd start with non-fiction drafts, since I found the blog posts for Ketovangelist.com far easier to dictate than my first fiction attempt. Part of this is punctuation related, but part of it is how I access my brain when I write. For non-fiction, I am searching my mental database for facts, so my conscious brain is already involved. When I write fiction, however, I like to get out of my own way and just let the words flow. It's hard to let the words flow when you have to focus on making them happen in a way that doesn't feel natural (yet).
In fact, I had hoped to dictate this very post you're reading now. Unfortunately I didn't get the PC laptop I have Dragon installed on until this morning, and had to search for the Dragon Riders post about cleaning up Audacity files again, so it took me a while to get started this morning. If I hurry to write this post, I may still get to walk and dictate something.
Looking at the transcription of my draft blog post, composed yesterday evening, I notice quite a few errors. Not a problem with Dragon, I'm thinking, but with the dictator.
Top things I need to work on right now:
- Speak at a consistent volume
- enunciate to be more clear
- don't startle the dogs, walk across gravel, or go through doors with squeaky hinges
- stop talking when cars go by so I can cut out their audio with the delete key instead of effects processing
I'm going to keep working at it. It's important enough for me to take care of my body that I really want to find a way to make this work.