It’s May. My last post, The Value of an Idea, Part 2, was written in October 2017 and I literally forgot to post it. Then… nothing for 6 months. I’ve been thinking about last year’s goals a lot lately. It’s easy to get caught up in letting the failures overshadow the successes. Sometimes it’s a … More Biting off more than you can chew
Progress: Uh… April-October Flash Fiction: Uh… After Celebration my monthly flash fiction goal has gone right out of the window for two big reasons. 1. I don’t have the time (or skill) to work on multiple projects simultaneously (when dictating and driving). So here I was, moving along at a good clip with the Selkie … More Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel. 2017, October: Stalled (2)
First off, I want to be clear that when I refer to dictation I mean dictating into a portable voice recorder (with no rewind feature) and then transcribing the audio file. I have never dictated while in front of my computer and so I can’t compare the two, but I imagine there are differences. Onward! Each … More Dictating in the Car: Why Each Session Must Have a Goal
One of the first questions I’ve seen people ask when they are considering dictation is, “Is it faster than typing?” That’s an important question for most people, especially when just setting out on the journey of dictation. For most people, they are going into dictation and transcription to avoid repetitive motion injuries, or because they … More Which is Faster? Dictation vs. Typing
I’m a librarian and I like data. So, of course, I had to devise some sort of method of tracking how many words per minute I was speaking so that I can track my progress in a tangible way. I used a NANO progress tracker spreadsheet as the base (because I just didn’t have time … More How productive is dictation?
I ended the year by losing two weeks of dictation! It was raining during my commute for a solid week. The last week of December I got off (I work at an Academic institution and the campus was closed) and I spent it doing Christmas stuff, entertaining family, and catching two colds back to back! … More 2017 Writing Goals
I currently have a little Phillips hand-held digital voice recorder that came with Dragon Naturally Speaking’s transcription software (Philips DVT2700). (Note: The software is ONLY the transcription portion and it can ONLY transcribe an audio recording.) After the initial “training” (recording myself reading 15 minutes of a specific document and letting Dragon transcribe it) I … More Dictation Using a Digital Voice Recorder (Philips DVT2700 Review)
As I mentioned before, I needed to make time for writing if I wanted to write anything. I had already tracked my time to find areas where I could cut back on time wasters and found myself lacking. But I did have 2-3 hours of commute time that I could use. So now I needed … More Some Speech to Text Options for Writers
Last week I discussed some options for finding time to write and I set out to track my time. In the past I had only tracked time at work, not during my full day, but this was only slightly different. As I went through the week two quotes from last week stuck in my craw. … More Finding Time to Write, Part 2
It’s a familiar saying to writers at any stage in their writing journey that writers write. As Linda Lafferty says at Writer’s Digest, “If you are a writer and don’t write it’s like saying you are alive but can’t find time to breathe.” Writers write. They find time to write and if they can’t find … More Finding Time to Write, Part 1.