Writer’s block is something writers have had to face over the ages. It’s the fear of a blank page. The fear of having nothing to say. The fear that your execution of plot, imagery, characterization, and language will not live up to your inner vision or outer expectations. The Writer’s Block First Aid Kit has always had good suggestions on ways to coax back your Muse, including the method of dictating a story rather than writing it down. We are, after all, story TELLERS not story writers. Telling your story to a scribe encourages spontaneity and authentic voice, proponents say. Literary luminaries such as Milton, Dostoyevsky, Winston Churchill, Thomas Aquinas, and Earle Stanley Gardner used archaic forms of this method. But thanks to advances in technology, writers today can utilize transcription to get the words in their heads onto the pages quickly and affordably.
Interested in finding out more about transcription technology? Here’s an excellent source of information to get you started:
Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription, an article originally published at Descript:
An excerpt: “Here’s the core idea: thinking out loud is often less arduous than writing. And it’s now easier than ever to combine the two, thanks to recent advances in speech recognition technology….
it’s only in the last couple of years that automated transcription has reached a sweet spot — of convenience, affordability and accuracy—that makes it practical to use it more casually. And I’ve found it increasingly useful for generating a sort of proto-first draft: an alternative approach to the painful process of converting the nebulous wisps inside your head into something you can actually work with.
I call this process idea extraction (though these ideas may be more accurately dubbed brain droppings)…”
The author goes on to explain how the process of idea extraction is enhanced with the use of transcription techniques. To read the entire article, go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QZiDtfd7gALJwX3fmPmbybnb1D2OcFNBvEunhfdzdhU/edit#
For other interesting articles about writing and editing, and to find out more about the automatic transcription technology they offer, check out the Descript website: https://www.descript.com
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