For those who have made this suggestion (numerous times) —
At the recommendation of others, I have tried using a popular speech-to-text program using a microphone to record spoken words to convert them to editable text, but I have discovered numerous problems attempting to write a story in this manner. For one, I’ve always listened to the music of film scores when I write as added inspiration to keep my thoughts on the story I’m telling, and these added background sounds disrupted the quality of the dictated text.
Another issue is that when I write, I don't tell the tale in a linear fashion. I will typically write out a few paragraphs at a time and then reread them immediately, often making changes to the action or dialogue before moving on to the next. For some authors, this back and forth method might slow down the rhythm of their work, but for this particular writer, it was a technique I have used for over four decades and have developed the ability while maintaining a level of speed. While it might work for typing, it causes me nothing more than a jumbled mess when tried over a microphone.
I appreciate the suggestions in the hope I can continue to produce more stories in spite of my physical disabilities, but using Dragon Naturally Speaking (or other speech-to-text software) is a method that doesn’t work for me.
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