Writing a book can sometimes be a long and tedious task. To ease that burden somewhat, some writers prefer to use speech recognition software to transcribe their words into text. There are various kinds of voice recognition software available. Choosing the correct software to write the book depends on a variety of factors, including the word processor you are using as well as the language you are writing in.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with compatible word processor
- Speech-to-text software
Choose a speech to text software that corresponds with your computer's word processing program. Look for important features like a high accuracy rate and a wide range of options to recognize voice and accents. Read reviews to see what others have said about the ease of the software recognizing their voice; the reviews can help you choose speech-to-text software because the proper selection depends on the software's ability to accurately detect the writer's voice.
Set up a microphone for writing the book. Some computers have built in microphones, but it may be best to get a separate microphone that can clearly record your voice and has noise control. Spend some time getting the software to recognize your voice, as this will minimize mistakes and improve transcription accuracy. Use a voice recorder when traveling since it allows for portability, then play back the information later for the speech-to-text software to transcribe.
Speak the words of your story directly into the speech-to-text software, or read a previously written story for transcription. Keep track of word counts to determine the length of the book. Bookmark locations where you stop dictating to make it easier to get back the next time you want to add more to the story. Edit and save dictated portions of your book.
Tips & Warnings
- The average word count for a novel is between 50,000 and 90,000 words.
- Save you work every few minutes to minimize the chance of losing your work to malfunction or power outage
- Read over transcribed work to edit any mistakes, being especially mindful of words that are spelled right but misplaced. For example, "form" in place of "from."
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