Chrysalis: Emerging Women Writers

December 28, 2010

Let a Little Physical Activity Jog your Creativity

Filed under: Motivations,Resources,Technique,Writing — Lisa Nowak @ 11:24 am
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When I’m writing I sometimes have trouble getting the words to flow, but I’ve found that a little physical activity will jog loose those ideas. I bought a digital recorder to capture my inspirations, and now I carry it with me whenever I take a walk or a drive. The model I use is a Panasonic RR-US450. It allows you to store up to 99 files in each of its folders, and you have to make a conscious effort to erase one, so you can’t accidentally record over your old thoughts, the way you can with tapes. This machine comes with software that allows you to download your notes to a computer. The voice recognition feature isn’t the greatest, but I understand that you can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking once the files are on your computer. Even without that feature, keyboard commands allow you to stop and start the file so you don’t have to interrupt your typing to pause the recording. In addition, the recording reverses by several words when you resume playing, so if you’re a lousy typist like me, you can easily catch what you missed.

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2 Comments »

  1. You should be able to use Window Media player for the audio files. (WMA)
    I use audio files at work all the time for the audio text books. We also use Dragon but it is a speech recognition program that you can recite into it and it types up your paper. Not sure about its use with an audio file.

    Comment by rose lefebvre — December 28, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  2. Sounds great my husband though blind has never done that . He never has used the dragon naturally speaking and he knows nothing about the internet . I would like him to learn but he cannot see the monitor .

    Comment by dollslikeus — December 29, 2010 @ 10:23 am


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