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Recently, I've been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 15 to write my manuscripts. How about you? Do you write on computers, or do you write your stuff out by hand? The reason I ask, is I've been having a blast using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 15. I wondered if anyone else is using it.

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Nope, don't use it. I'm not a word person. ;) A speaking person. Rather non-verbal. The words leak out of my brain and down into my fingers. Usually with a pen and paper first in snippets of thought and then I transfer to my computer and write it out. :D

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I have an HDMI connection to a BG (Beta/Gamma) Wave Reader. I simply place a wire lead over each temple and relax into a meditative state. The congestive interpretation software then extracts the story in my mind, and converts it into a MS Word file. The entire process takes less than an hour! I end up with a 85,000 word manuscript that's perfectly edited and ready for publication.

 

Then I wake up from my dream, look at my laptop, and yell:

 

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**Sigh**

 I simply peck away at a keyboard and hope it forms coherent sentences. :|  

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I tried Dragon once and it could not under stand my hillybilly. ? Every time I said there, it wrote bear. ? Funny now, but not then. I type it out on my computer. I like it over writing by hand because I can type at the rate of my slow speaking, so it flows easier, and if I forgot a word it is sooo much easier to fix! 

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My phone has Google doc on it so I can type from my phone to add to my work if I want. It auto syncs with my Google doc on my computer. Just NEVER use the Grammarly keyboard on your phone for a Google doc. It randomly throws you in the middle of your story for no reason. Frustrating!!! 

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I know a lot of writers who swear by Dragon Naturally Speaking, saying it put rocket fuel into their productivity, but I haven't tried dictation yet. I still type the old-fashioned way, on Libre Office and Word, then transfer the completed scenes/chapters onto Scrivener.

 

I do my outlining and plot mess unsnarling with pen and paper, though.

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I converted to Scrivener after I got the 50% discount for doing NaNoWriMo, and am really enjoying that. But like EBraten, I use pen and paper for outlining and undoing plot snarls. Fortunately, I don't have to try read my handwriting afterwards. 

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@suspensewriterI think my hesitation with trying dictation is I'm not sure whether I can actually compose a story like that. I suspect it would be quite a learning curve! I'd have to try dictating a scene into my phone recorder just to see whether or not I can do it before investing in the software.

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54 minutes ago, suspensewriter said:

Alley, you know Dragon Naturally Speaking might help with your dyslexia.

I have heard speech to text helps a lot of us dyslexics. 

 

I forgot about plotting! I use workflowy. It's a bullet point system. It works great for me! 

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You don't happen to like Dragon do you? 

 

I could only use it after small children went to bed. Otherwise, it would look something like: 

 

They crept through the woods, listening for, Don't hit your brother! I don't care why I said don't. The men hunting them. They prayed they, No, you may not spray paint the dog orange. 

 

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