Authors as diverse as Henry James, Winston Churchill, Barbara Cartland, and Dan Brown have used dictation to write their first drafts, and with the development of ever-more precise software, many authors are moving into dictation to speed up writing and maintain their health. In today's show, I talk to Scott Baker about his tips for dictation and how to use Dragon.
In the intro, I talk about the different stages of writing a book, and how starting energy and finishing energy are important. I reflect on the debate on self-publishing at Byte the Book this week. You can read round-ups with tweets and pictures here and here.
Today's show is sponsored by my own How to Write a Novel course, which I created while writing End of Days, so you get a behind the scenes look at how the book came together. One course member, Leigh Anderson said, “This course is exactly what I was looking for. I now feel well on my way to writing and completing my first draft. It has been a real breakthrough for me.” Check it out at www.TheCreativePenn.com/writenovel
Scott Baker writes books under various names and is a freelance writer, as well as the author of The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon and Quick Cheats for Writing with Dragon. Scott uses dictation on a daily basis, taking advantage of the tricks and techniques used by professionals within the speech recognition industry to write thousands of words per hour. He lives in the North of England with his wife, two sons and a tank full of tropical fish.
- How Scott got so thoroughly involved with dictation
- How dictation enables Scott to write 10 books a year
- The benefits to dictation, including clear author voices
- The health and mobility advantages of dictation
- Recommendations for equipment to use with Dragon
- Tips for how to train your Dragon
You can find Scott at ScottBakerBooks.com and on Twitter @ScottBakerBooks