For all you writers out there looking to increase your daily word count, have you given dictation much thought?
It seems to be all the rage right now and for good reason. From what I have gathered, those who are doing it (and doing so with success) are reaching production levels of 5k to 6k words per hour. That’s incredible.
I only average 2k per hour typing (which isn’t exactly a snail’s pace), but the thought of increasing my production by two or three times what I’m currently doing, is extremely attractive.
So I have finally decided to give dictation a shot. I pulled the trigger and purchased a new Sony CD-PX440 Stereo IC Digital Voice Recorder and a Sony ECMCS3 Clip style Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone on Amazon. The two items might not be top-of-the-line, but I’m hoping they will accomplish what I set out to do. I’ll let you know how I like the products.
I figure it will probably take me a few months to get fully into the swing of things, but I’m willing to be disciplined in my use of it.
If you are interested in taking on dictation but haven’t given it much thought, here are some resources I suggest you look at:
- Chris Fox:
- 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster. Write Smarter by Chris Fox
- Interview with the guys at Sterling & Stone: #177 How to Write 5,000 Words per Hour with Chris Fox
- The Rockingselfpublishing podcast: Episode #107 – Writing 5,000 words per hour with Chris Fox
- Scott Baker
- Rachel Aaron
- Monica Leonelle
- Dictate Your Book: How to Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter (Growth Hacking for Story Tellers #4) by Monica Leonelle
- Interview with Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn: How to Dictate Your Book with Monica Leonelle
These authors seem to really like using it (which excites me to no end).
Check back soon to get more feedback on my experiences using dictation.
Talk to you later,
For those who have used dictation (or are currently using dictation), I would love to get your feedback. What has worked for you? Do you have any best-practices that you use that you would recommend to others?