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NaNoWriMo Progress, Week 1

All week, I've been dictating my NaNoWriMo novel, "Within Arm's Reach," into a voice recorder. This has allowed me to write while going for walks or running errands, making the extra writing easier to work into my schedule.

Today, I finally got a chance to install Dragon Naturally Speaking, the program I intend to use to transcribe my files. It took longer than I thought to get it set up, and since the program is still learning, the files take quite a bit of editing before they're even in rough draft form. However, it's still less time consuming than transcribing it myself would be, and I'll be spending less overall time in front of the computer than if I were composing it there. This is important, given my Kung Fu Panda's current dislike for me spending any length of time on the computer unless he's asleep.

I managed to get about half of the files transcribed tonight, giving me about 2,500 words. If this trend continues, that means I only got about 5,000 words written the first week. I'm going to have to step up the production if I want to come close to my goal! I might have to start carrying the voice recorder with me, even in the house, and dictate more whenever I get a few moments. Then, I can transcribe it at the tail end of my usual evening transcription work. I'll test that process out tomorrow.

So far, the work is very dialogue-heavy, which displeases me. I'm trying to work in as much concrete description as possible. The important thing is to remind myself that this is just a rough draft. I need to concentrate on working my way through all the plot points I've planned. Then, if there's time, I can go back and flesh it out and/or move sections around.

On the positive side of things, I'm learning that it's possible to work extra writing into my existing schedule fairly painlessly.

2530 / 50000 words. 5% done!

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Nov. 7th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Good job! The voice recorder idea is a good one. I wonder if I can find mine. It is buried somewhere in the kids toy box!
Nov. 8th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
It's an idea I've been thinking of enacting for a while, but this project gives me a way to really test its practicality. I used to write a lot by using a voice recorder and then transcribing it myself, but I found that KFP is not very cooperative when I'm trying to transcribe it later. DNS can do other things, as well. If I wanted to, I could even give voice commands to my computer and have it do things for me. But right now, just the transcription part is helpful.

The tricky thing is remembering to use the dictation commands, like "open quote" and "period," so that it gets the punctuation right.
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