Question for writers

United States
December 17, 2010 5:25pm CST
Not long ago I saw an ad on TV for a speech recognition system for computers. With this system set up on my computer I could then work on my book or write articles by simply talking. You tell your computer what to do. It is supposed to be much faster than typing and the creative flow is never slowed down. I am wondering if any of you have heard of this and better yet do any of you use it.
1 person likes this
7 responses
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
18 Dec 10
that's so amazing, i really want that i type fast but to talk would be a great way to write, cause i even record my dialogues, can't imagine to write the whole book like that
• United States
18 Dec 10
Yep me too...can't wait till the holidays are over now.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
18 Dec 10
Hi Lowell, is it possible to have a free trial before you buy it? I think this software will do very well for some people, but not for the rest. I used to work for a boss who was partially blind. He used a software similar to what you have described to dictate his email and letters. It worked rather well for him. I think it is good if you can try out for at least a week before you commit to it. If you have problem with certain pronounciation, I think the software will spell out all the wrong words.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I'm not sure if that is an option or not. I don't think I would have trouble pronouncing my words correctly but I can see your point. According to what I have read the program sort of adapts to the way you speak and remembers things or changes you have made before. This would be helpful to those like me who sometimes write using slang words such as gonna and thru.
@Cannonball (3636)
• France
18 Dec 10
Someone showed me once about this Iphone application called Dragon which allow to do such thing with your phone which also includes another features which allow you to say your sentence or word in English and translate in any language you want ! Talking about the main function of this application or even the one of your computer I find it's a great option for writers who doesn't always have the occasion to catch thoughts on paper. Instead you can just say it and save it this way, even correct and modify it later.
• United States
18 Dec 10
After starting this discussion I have researched this system and most likely will purchase it after the holidays are all said and done. I feel that once set up and in place and I learn to use it properly not only will the quality of my work improve but my speed as well.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
18 Dec 10
For me, those speaking programs aren't worth it. For some reason, I can flow from my mind to my fingers with more ease. If I'm speaking it, I usually pause a lot and say the wrong words. So it's just not efficient for me. I hope others have better luck with it.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I don't think the system will be better for everyone but for some it will be a breath of fresh air. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment.
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
18 Dec 10
I had actually wanted to get something like that, so that I could exercise,make things, or do some other multi task, improving efficiency. Plus, I tend to fumble with my fingers sometimes when typing, and I think I would do better by speaking. Plus the creative flow would be better, as you have said; none of that lapse between saying and typing.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I just think that it would make things so much easier.
@mensab (4207)
• Philippines
18 Dec 10
i have heard about it. well, i would still like to hear the sound of keyboards as i type the words. while each letter is being typed, the train of thoughts just keeps on going. at times, writing through typing on keyboard is a way to talk back with ideas. it is also the process of filtering and refining ideas that need to be expressed and get out of our minds. well, each one of us has preference and we work on the ways that deliver for us. goodluck.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I wish I had taken the time to learn to type in school. It was offered but at that time I didn't think I would need it...ever. Boy was I wrong. Now don't get me wrong I can hunt and peck with the best of them but I can't look at something and copy it. My eyes have to be on the keyboard. That's why my thoughts often go way faster than my skills. If I were able to just speak and tell my story there's no telling what I might acomplish.
• United States
17 Dec 10
Here is a discussion I was in about three months ago that may be helpful http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2415202.aspx I hope it helps.
• United States
18 Dec 10
That system would be pretty cool as well. It could read back your work an be an excellent proof read tool. The system I'm talking about I think is made by a company named Nuance Dragon. You talk and it types...imagine the possibilities.