I’m writing this blog post by talking to my iPad, using a free app called DragonDictate. After I’m done, I’ll email the text to myself, extracted as a file, and edit it using Dragon Naturally Speaking, the high-end voice-to-text software I live and write by.
In fact, I wrote most of my new novel, KAVORKA, Lure of the Animal, by talking to either my computer, my smart phone, my iPad, or into a digital audio tape recorder on my nearly 200-mile-a-day round-trip commute. I’ve been writing by talking into such devices for years, saving the wear and tear on my carpal tunnels. I’m using my experiences in writing by talking to write yet another how-to book, teaching you how to organize your thinking as you talk so you can create coherent writing.
But in this blog post I’m introducing a novel structure, pun intended. This trick comes to me by way of a letter from my agent, passing on a letter from St. Martin’s press, seeking authors for serial novels. The idea was to formulate small novels of 20,000 words or so into a series like a television miniseries of five or six episodes. Read More->
Word Cloud in green is from this post
This is a little exercise from The Writer’s Little Helper
to demonstrate how you can stimulate your own genius, hack into your own head, if you will. If I ask you to give me a dozen possible responses to filling in the blank in the phrase, “Thin as a __________,” you’ll do fine for the first two or three responses, thin as a dime, thin as a toothpick, thin as a broom handle. Like that. Try it and see how you do. Read More->
I’ve been out of blog-touch for far too long. The career as writer, editor, photographer and all-round flunky at a magazine that has been an utter passion for me became a too-demanding mistress. But now I have retired from her to catch up on your world, the world of writing. With this whole new digital publishing locomotive barreling down the tracks, I feel like one of those guys running alongside an empty boxcar. But I’m going to make the leap. Read More->
How-to writers should practice what they preach…I’m talking about me.
I don’t want readers of YCWAN to think that I have a set of writing rules and practices that they should live by, while I live by another. That’s for parents of young children. And politicians. So, to demo how I work, I’m going to show you the thought process I’m now using to revise the next novel that I submit. I’m going to show you how I revised the opening segment of my Opener. Read More->
Remember when you went from handwriting your manuscripts to composing them at the keyboard?
It’s the same kind of leap to go from keyboarding to talking to a digital audio recorder or to your computer. Lots of factors involved, but the thing that slows you down most is watching the screen – as I am now, while dictating this – to make sure no mis-recognitions get in there. Read More->