Next to voice recognition software, digital voice recorders are a freelance writer’s best friend. The combination of the two tools can significantly increase a freelance writer’s productivity.
Digital voice recorders are little devices that have come to replace the old fashioned tape recorder. The beauty of a digital voice recorder is that they are small enough so that a writer can carry it at all times. I’ve taken to wearing mine around my neck like a necklace.
Writers, who are visionaries by nature, can put their creativity to use. There are many ways in which to use digital voice recorders. Here are a few instances:
Uses for Digital Voice Recorders:
- Document interviews. It will catch and record every spoken word. No more guesswork.
- Capture that great idea (which usually presents itself when you’re driving and unable to write it down only to forget it once you’ve reached your destination)
- Multi tasking. The next best novel can be dictated while sitting in a mile long traffic jam
- Total recall of fine details. Describe the details of an event into the digital voice recorder while it happens. No need to wait until you get home when the details of recollection begin to get fuzzy.
- Record driving directions. You’re in a town away from home with no GPS or Mapquest. A local town person offers simple directions that include 15 left turns and 18 right turns and 3 stop signs to reach your destination. A digital voice recorder will come in handy.
The Recorders and Transcription
Coupled with voice recognition and transcription software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Google Docs, a freelance writer’s productivity can increase two; three and four fold. It’s not about working harder; it’s about working smarter.
A Real Life Scenario
You finally arrive home after unbelievable traffic. However, before you begin the evening cooking, cleaning, homework, etc, take the digital voice recorder and attach it to your computer. Download all that you dictated while sitting in traffic. While it’s downloading, you continue on with your evening chores.
You check the computer to click on the “Voice Recognition” option in your digital voice recorder’s software (once all of the dictation is downloaded). The software brings up Dragon NaturallySpeaking and begins transcribing. While the computer does its thing, you do your. You go back to cooking dinner, homework, etc.
After the evening flurry of activity is over, you save the transcribed file. Once it’s there on the computer, all you have to do is edit your dictation as you see fit.
The digital voice recorder coupled with voice recognition software can make a big difference in your writing productivity. You can become a one-person writing phenom.
There are several voice recognition software packages on the market just as there are several Digital Voice recorders. I happen to use the combination of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Sony ICD-P520 and it works for me. Do your homework to find the combination that will work for you.