When the word “writing” is mentioned, most people imagine someone using a pen to write on paper or typing words on a keyboard. However, at its basic definition, writing means transferring thoughts from an author’s brain to text format. Pens and keyboards are simply popular mediums used to transfer this information, just like quills and typewriters were decades ago.
Writing is not confined to typing on a keyboard or using a pen to transfer information from your brain. You can also capture your thoughts by dictating. Thanks to advancements in technology, dictation is increasingly becoming popular among writers.
There are many well-known writers that used dictation and produced remarkable books. Barbara Cartland, Henry James, Dan Brown, John Milton, and Winston Churchill have all written in dictation. Therefore, there is no reason why dictation should be considered a lesser medium of writing.
There are various reasons why you should consider writing through dictation:
On the other hand, dictation gives you the freedom to write your thoughts without being restricted to sitting down. You can dictate information while seated, standing or walking. Moreover, you do not need to be in your usual work environment to write your manuscript. You can dictate when walking the dog, while on the subway, hiking up the hills and mostly anywhere you are and at any time.
When dictating, you can easily hit 5000 words per hour. This is more than three times the number of words than the average writer can type in an hour. Think about how quickly you can get your first draft manuscript ready for proofing and editing by dictating!
Dictation helps to eliminate the critical voice when writing your first draft. When dictating, you do not have time to edit the manuscript on the fly. You simply get the thoughts in your brain put down in words by speaking. The ability to just start is critical for any writing project.
When you have the first few paragraphs dictated, it becomes easier to continue with the flow. Sometimes, you can dictate for hours as the story simply flows from your brain and gets conjured into text through your spoken word.
At first, you may struggle to get the software to understand your words. However, everything has a learning process. If you get past the initial barrier of thinking that dictation would not work, you’ll make progress.
There many apps and equipment you can use for dictation. If you are just starting out, try your first dictation using your laptop’s inbuilt microphone and speech recognition software. This will give you a feel of how dictation works.
As you start getting comfortable with dictation, you can move to some advanced apps or buy better voice recording equipment. Also, check out the wide range of speech recognition software available to find out how they work and whether they would be right for you.