When I was employed as a journalist, I spent a lot of time interviewing people. One of the most painful things I had to do was transcribe long interviews using a keyboard.
My fingers ached after spending an hour pressing play and pause and play and pause… and typing what the interviewees were saying.
I tried using dictation software to transcribe these interviews, but I found the software difficult to use and prone to mistakes.
More recently, I’ve been using the dictation software Dragon Professional Individual convert speech to text and transcribe first drafts of articles, blog posts, book chapters and more.
Dragon Professional (or Dragon NaturallySpeaking) is easier to use, more accurate, and now part of my writing workflow.
In this post, I’ll explain:
- what you need to know about speech to text.
- how you can dictate a first draft of your book or blog post using Dragon and other dictation software.
- the practical tips that make dictation work.