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.

Learning How To Train My Dragon Anywhere

 

I am currently dictating this blog post on my phone using the Dragon anywhere on my phone. This is the first time I tried to dictate a blog post on my phone.

To get an idea of how accurate this app is, I’ve decided to post this blog post, as is without making any further edits. That way you can see how accurate it is. I have also not had a lot of experience using this. I watched the introductory video which was less than five minutes. And I have probably only dictated two other small documents 200 words or less.

The new thing that everyone has been talking about in the author forums and on social network is using dictation to increase your speed and productivity. I once tried Dragon a couple of years ago shortly before I had my first kit because I thought I would still have so much time once the baby was born and I could write while I sleep.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Oh how innocent I once was.

After reading Scott Baker’s book on the technical aspects of training my Dragon he basically convinced me that trying to do Dragon on my MacBook was going to be an endeavor in frustration.

But like most people really don’t have the funds to just buy another computer to test out that I don’t even know work for me into my new life necessarily.

But that’s where Dragon anywhere it comes in. For a monthly fee of $15 you can download the Dragon anywhere up to your phone and use your phone as a dictation device (I’m still on the first week free trial). The drawback is that it’s definitely not as powerful as Dragon professional which is kind of the gold standard when it comes to dictation software and it will not learn as well. It also requires an Internet connection to work (no dictating while hiking in the woods here).

I read (skimmed) a book on learning dictation for fiction writers. It advised that you get the hang of dictation software by using it to dictate emails, blog posts, to do lists, and so on and so forth.

So far it seems to be working all right so far.

This is not to say that I haven’t made mistakes while I’ve been talking and looking at the screen. I have. But I’ve been able to correct most of my mistakes via my voice.

This isn’t bad I was able to write a blog post while waiting for kids to get a school.

What do you think of this blog post? Have you considered using dictation software?