I recently had to deal with an aching shoulder. Apparently this was due to writing in uncomfortable positions.
Spending a lot of time commuting to and from work, I tend to write most of my fiction on trains.
Whilst I don’t usually feel uncomfortable typing on my iPad during my 50 minute commute (Mondays to Fridays) I do suspect that my posture during my writing sprints is probably far from ideal.
Whilst there is unfortunately not a lot I can do to make the seats on the train more comfortable, I can take advantage of new technology developed to help people who may be grappling with writing- related challenges.
One such technology, which I have recently discovered, is Dragon software.
I think it’s fair to say after a multitude of non-fiction and fiction books, written mainly by dictation, Monica has truly found a way to make technology work for her.
Hoping to save my back, neck and shoulders some strain as well as advance my daily writing targets and word counts, I have decided to try and make the Dragon software work for me, too.
If you also want a piece of this technological advance, you can use Dragon software on a multitude of devices. I am currently testing the free app on my iPad mini.
In Monica’s excellent book Dictate Your Book, Monica provides an excellent introduction to using Dragon software in a way that can benefit any writer.
Monica also makes it abundantly clear, that learning to dictate is just as challenging as learning to type and again provides helpful tips and tricks to get you started.
Having spent nearly a week training myself to use Dragon software, I must say that (whilst I am finding that I am not yet as fast as I would like to be) it is surprisingly easy to use and I am truly amazed at how fast one can go from using one medium to capitalising on the advantages of another.
Whilst I am not feeling confident enough to use this device on the train, I do think that I will be able to write faster using dictation in the future and may not need to spend as much time typing hunched over my keyboard or iPad.
Instead, I might like to use my commuting time to read (and edit) first drafts whilst comfortably leaning back in my seat.
If you have also discovered Dragon software or have experienced using any other type of speech to text software, I would like to hear from you.
Please feel free to leave me a comment below this post or to voice your opinion about the pros and cons of using dictation in your writing workflows.