An Author’s Challenge: 30 Days of Dragon Dictation – Day 1

So my first blog post with Dragon anywhere didn’t turn out too bad. Like the previous blog post I’ve decided to try and dictate this one.

In fact, I’ve decided I’m going to challenge myself and try and dictate 30 blog posts. In order to get used to dictating, one book (one of the ones listed below, can’t remember which one) recommended practicing with blog posts and emails before moving on to try it out with your own fiction.

It’s not exactly a 30-day challenge because I do not have the time to blog every day but who knows, with this app maybe I do. I am currently dictating this blog post while waiting for one of my kids to finish their gymnastics class. If I can use Dragon anywhere to reclaim the random bits of time, here and there, this app possibly opens a whole new world of productivity for me.

So what are the resources that I’ve been using to learn dictation and help me along?

(This is going to be the last two lines in this blog post that IS actually dictated. I don’t even want to think about trying to figure out how to insert and organize book links via dictation just yet.) Honestly, I’m not going to drive myself crazy and try to make all blogposts 100% dictated, especially in these early days. But if I can get a workable draft, then it will go a long way towards increasing my productivity.

 

I first heard about Scott Baker, I think through a friend on facebook. Then I found my way to the facebook group Dragon Riders – Authors Dictating (which has a wealth of info) and almost all the questions I had about equipment and how-tos tended to refer to Scott’s book. You can also check out The Self Publishing Formula’s podcast interview with Scott at, SPF-060: Talking the Talk – with Dragon Dictation expert Scott Baker (also includes a transcript for fast scanning).

 

This was another book mentioned in the Dragon Riders facebook group and what I liked about it was that it offered more strategies for slowly integrating dictating as another storytelling tool for writers. What caught my eye from the intro was that it stated that it would talk about:

  • -How to figure out if dictation will work for you with free apps and software that you can access on any device

-How to get over the initial hurdles of using dictation in your workflow

-How to prep my work for dictation so that I can have the most productive sessions possible

Want to try your own dictation challenge? Here’s a goal for your first day:

Dictate one blogpost or email.

It doesn’t have to be long. You don’t even have to dictate 100% (though 80% is preferable). Just get it done. Because at this point, just learning how it might work for you is the goal. You can’t integrate it into your life unless you have some idea of how to do it.