An experiment in writing

This blog post is different from the rest because I’ve actually dictated every single word of it into my iPad.

I have been trying to see how I can write a post using just words that I speak.

The iPad comes with an interesting option of being able to dictate words which are then typed onto the empty page in front of you. There is a certain wonder to all of this.

I must admit the main reason I have had difficulty in the past few months writing any posts is because of the sheer difficulties of typing on my laptop or on my tablet. The older I get the more I get fed up with the mechanics of writing particularly the thumping away on a keyboard making loads of mistakes and having to go back and correct each one of these and every now and again in finding that hitting the wrong button could suddenly lose everything!Most of you reading this will appreciate how I feel and how all that hard work can be lost so quickly and you regret so much that you did not back it up as you went along.

The difference now is that I see what I write as I speak make it and I’m able to correct it afterwards only to the extent that it made simple errors based on my rather difficult pronunciation.

So far I have found this extremely easy process, the problem of course will come when I realise that speaking is a totally different process to writing.

I have in the past seen many people professional writers who are able to dictate to secretaries and type it’s a very able and interesting piece of work that later becomes a book or a story or a published article in a newspaper but actually having gone through the process in the last few minutes I’ve tried to make it a reasonably interesting Post using only my voice. Not typing at all is not all that easy but having said that sometimes the words to flow and I’m able to see in front to me the absolute wonder of a piece of writing created from just my dictation.

My feeling on this is that this first experiment has been something of a success. I suppose I haven’t actually written anything other than my reflection on the process of creation using only my voice but, and this is a very big but, it has been remarkably easy, has been remarkably quick and I have been able to write something or dictate it right onto the screen. It has been wonderful to see the words that I say actually printed in front of me as I speak. I hope in the future to be able to actually write some sensible posts using this process. I think probably I will need to work out what I’m going to say before I dictate, so a plan or some bullet points would be needed. I really feel though that this is going to be a very useful process and hopefully it will lead to me being able to “write” a lot more in the future for your edification.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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