How to Write Faster using Speech Technology

If you’re a blogger you might have looked for tips on how to write faster and save time writing blog posts. After all, the faster you can write the more prolific of a writer you will be.

I love writing by hand because it’s a great way to slow down my thinking and really articulate what I want to get across. On the other hand, sometimes a concept is really clear in my mind and I just want to get it out there so it can impact as many people as possible.

That’s when being able to write faster comes in handy.

There are lots of ideas and concepts to help you write faster, but sometimes it takes a paradigm shift to get us to the next level.

Check out this quick video and you’ll see what I mean!

How to Write Faster Video Demo

How to Write Faster using Speech Recognition Technology

First, I need to mention that I used to be a software developer for a company that developed speech recognition software, and that it was acquired by Nuance. That being said, I’m not receiving any financial rewards for telling you about this product.

I just happen to love using Dragon Dictate on my Mac to write faster. If you’re on a PC you’ll want to check out Dragon Naturally Speaking.

I’ve personally seen my writing time decrease significantly after I started using dictation. If an article usually took two hours, it would take me only one to write and edit. How’s that for how to write faster tips?

Using speech technology takes some getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it you can really write faster, articulate your ideas more easily, and jot down notes at a faster rate.

Another benefit for me has been the ability to write articles and article outlines while standing up with a headset on. That way I’m not sitting down all day, I can take small walks while I’m talking my articles out.

Have you ever tried speech recognition?

I’ve seen the speech recognition industry change a lot over the years, so if you’ve ever given it a go but got discouraged… maybe this is the right time to try your hand (hands free!) at it again.

If you enjoyed this quick tech tidbit, there’s more where that came from so hop onto the Get Techy Now list! I’m always trying new ideas and I’ll be sure to share how to write faster advice as I get my hands on it.

11 Comments

  1. lifewithnature on July 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Thanks Nathalie for this tip. I thought of using a speech recognition tool before but haven’t tried it yet. You just convinced me to try it now!



  2. GenevièveCôté on July 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the suggestion, gonna give it a try!!



  3. NathLussier on July 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    @lifewithnature Yay that’s great! I definitely like using it, but it does take some getting used to. :)



  4. StephRWong on July 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    This is awesome! I never thought about using a speech recognition to write. I guess because I’ve always been scared it would be really inaccurate. But by the looks of this software it’s pretty good! Thanks!



  5. NathLussier on July 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

    @StephRWong Hey Steph, thanks for stopping by, and yes it does take a little while to train the software to recognize your speech patterns… but then it’s quite nice and easy to use. :)



  6. sophiegold on July 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This is really fantastic! I am a blogger and find it very frustrating writing because I am dyslexic and it takes me ages to get my words on paper in an articulate way, using this software means that I can get all my thoughts on paper and then have my MR edit it. Love it. Thanks for sharing.



  7. NathLussier on July 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    @sophiegold YES exactly Sophie! So glad you found it useful! :)



  8. Justicewordlaw on August 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    This sounds like a good program to use and to really look into. Seems like something that could be something I should look into for the ebooks I have been writing lately.



  9. NathLussier on August 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

    @Justicewordlaw It’s awesome for getting your thoughts out of your mind and onto the computer fast. :)



  10. Jonathan Brown on July 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    You're to blame Nath! Dragon was one of the the first things I purchased for My Buisness.



    • Mary Full on July 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Interesting…never heard of such but sounds cool!