Do you suffer from the common blogging problem of never feeling like you have enough time to write? Do you type slower than you'd like? Do you wish there was a secret to faster blogging?
There isn't just one thing. But here's something that might help:Let your computer (or phone or tablet) do your "writing" for you.
Give voice-to-text apps a try.
Let me give you an example of how these apps can speed up the writing process:
First, keep in mind that typing speeds and writing speeds are very different things. My maximum typing speed is well in excess of 100 words per minute. But writing involves the process of creating something new. It involves much more than the typing itself. I can consistently write 1000 words per hour using a keyboard. And on a good day, I can turn around twice that much (in very rough draft form).
That's not too shabby when knocking out first drafts of blog posts (though my process is slower when working on fiction). But you know me. I'm always looking for ways to make even better use of my time. So I periodically turn to voice-to-text apps.
That includes Dragon, Naturally Speaking and the Swype Android app from Nuance (the company that makes Dragon).
More recently I've been using Android's built-in speech-to-text functionality with Google Docs on my tablet, which makes it easy to copy things over to Scrivener when I'm back at my laptop. At first I gave it a try simply to spend more time away from my desk. But then I saw the end result.
I wasn't writing a rough 1000, or even 2000, words in an hour. Instead, over several recent blog posts I found that I averaged just over 700 words for every ten minutes. That comes to 4200 words an hour -- more than double my best writing speeds. And that was with an app combination I had spent barely any time with, so there was still a bit of a learning curve in setting things up how I wanted.
Nice, right? Wouldn't you love to double or even quadruple your blogging? Heck, you don't even have to write for a full hour at once (you'll probably get tired of hearing yourself speak anyway). But you could spend just half an hour "writing" this way and still hit your usual hourly goal. And with more practice, I bet you could improve your productivity even more than that.
When I'm asked how I write as much as I do, I rarely think to bring speech-to-text tools up because I don't use them all the time. But when it's crunch time, or my fingers are aching from a marathon typing session, there's no better feeling than continuing to write even when I feel like I'm almost taking a break.
Give it a try. See if it helps you become a faster blogger. Even if it's not something you regularly do, it might help you push past instances of writer's block by letting you process ideas differently.
Do you ever use voice-to-text tools for faster blogging? If so, what tool do you use? How accurate is it, and would you recommend it? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Jenn has 18 years experience writing for others, around 13 years experience in blogging, and over 10 years experience in indie e-book publishing. She is also an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.
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