A few years ago when I was writing my first novel I found it increasingly difficult to type things due to having a disability that affects my hands and causes them to become extremely painful. When this happened I thought I would have to give up my dream of being a writer and published author but luckily my rheumatologist mentioned about using voice recognition software.
So I went online and found Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Amazon and was given it as a gift. Usually, when people think of dragons they think of mythical fire-breathing beasts. But this Dragon can seem magical when you first start using it.
When you first get it you have to install the software on your computer, it also comes with a microphone headset and then you train the Dragon to recognise your voice. This does take some time but it’s important to get through the training so that the Dragon starts to understand your voice.
It gives you a series of training options were you read things like sales letters, business documents or passages from a book such as Alice in Wonderland. You also have to pronounce things such as punctuation and grammar. This takes some getting used to.
I found it very strange talking to my computer at first and watching it type words for me. But it writes things a lot quicker than I can type and really sped things up. I’m using it to write this blog post.
Have you ever used voice recognition software? What was your experience with it?