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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Testing, testing, one... two... three...

Last summer, when my hands turned completely numb, I toyed with the idea of using voice software. I then dismissed it out of hand, believing it wouldn't work anyway.

Since that time, my vision has also caused me problems. So, when I read on Fiona Harper's blog, the success not to mention fun she was having using her new voice software, I decided the time had arrived for me to experiment.

Amazon delivered sooner than they'd promised and I am now talking to you as opposed to typing to you!

Now all I have to do is ensure that I don't procrastinate by having too much fun, and get on with my writing, no excuses!


Jessica Raymond said...

Good luck with it, Sue :) And Amazon seem to be on a roll at the moment. I was due to receive an order from them around 6th March, but it arrived yesterday, quite out of the blue.

Jess x

JENNA said...

Oh...tell me more. I've thouhgt about this, especially for the first draft. Does it seem to go smoother, or is there a bug adjustment where you stare and say...er, um....

Sue aka MsCreativity :-) said...

Thanks Jess, at the moment it seems to be working on more luck than judgement!!

Jenna, thanks for stopping by. I think it's one of those things where you only get out of it what you put in - in other words I need to do a whole lot of training - especially in patience! Seriously though, it is impressive - I'll let you know about the first draft if/when I ever finish it...

Sue :-)

Sharon J said...

I'm intrigued. How does this work? Does it get punctuation right or did you have to edit?

I hope it really helps you, Sue. And let's face it, anything that can make your life easier has to be worth trying.

Melissa Marsh said...

Sounds like fun!

Saoirse Redgrave said...


I've thought about using voice recognition software, too. I went through bad carpal tunnel syndrome when I was pregnant and could barely accomplish anything!

I wish you luck with this technology--I'll check back in to see how it's working for you. My main fears with it would be the times my son's voice (singing ABCs) would break into a scene, or the fact that my husband might get a little too "riled up" if I'm speaking some of the more passionate scenes... ;-)

I need an office :-)

Wish you well, though!

Sue aka MsCreativity :-) said...

Sharon, it has two ways of doing punctuation - it can automatically add commas and fullstops where it thinks you need them, or you can use commands and punctuate it yourself.

Melissa, it can be rather too much fun, especially as I'm the world's greatest procrastinator!

Saoirse (lovely name btw), thanks for stopping by. I've discovered that the software needs complete quiet while I'm dictating, otherwise it's more prone either not to hear me at all, and/or it types gobbledygook!! Regarding the passionate scenes, I haven't got to one of these yet, but I think I'll ensure I'm alone with my laptop in the bedroom or I'll hide in the bathroom!! ;-)

Sue :-)