Note 4 Roadtrip: Dictation Elation

One of the aspects of the Note 4 Roadtrip which always worried me was how I was going to handle writing 1700 words or more a day for the NaNoWriMo novel-writing challenge. The answer turned out to be voice recognition.

Several comments highlighted the voice recognition option in Samsung’s voice recorder when I announced this project. I was sceptical, since my experience with voice rec has generally been poor. But I gave it a crack and it worked much better than I expected. In an hour, I dictated my 1700 words.

It certainly isn’t perfect. It adds no punctuation whatsoever, and it does sometimes go rather off track. I certainly did not intend to write “plus I was swift prunes”, which was one transcription it came up with. But hey, autocorrect just typed “feathery” when I wanted “rather”, so every option had its issues.

You can only record 5 minutes at a time, which gets you between 200 and 400 words. At that point I copy the text and paste it into the master document.

A lot of editing will be needed, but success in NaNoWriMo partly depends on just churning out words, and now I’m confident I can do that without a keyboard. An added bonus is that writing dialogue, a task I frequently struggle with, comes more naturally when I have to speak it myself.

Today I’m flying from Newcastle to Brisbane, for various radio commitments and to check out the pre-G20 lock down. My phone and watch are charged. I have come to terms with Queensland’s lack of daylight saving. Time to test out video editing. Tune in this afternoon for an update.

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