Katherine Mankiller


Fun with software (not adventures in procrastination!)
January 11, 2004, 9:02 pm
Filed under: life, the universe, and everything, procrastination, scripts, short fiction

Several months ago, I got a cheap copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking, but then my computer died. I installed it today. In fact, I’m using it now. I thought it would be fun to use with Final Draft to write scripts, but it doesn’t really recognize my voice very well yet. Which is a shame, because theoretically speaking would be a very natural way to write a script.
On the other hand, it’s making it easier to keep one of my New Year’s resolutions: trying to write every day. Well, OK, it makes me more likely to try it for fun. I hadn’t written in two days, and I did work on my script a little today. Not that the software supports Final Draft, but it seems to work–slowly. I hear it takes awhile to learn your speech patterns. I got frustrated and ended up typing.
It had me read Lewis Carroll and Arthur C. Clark to learn my voice. I probably need to read some more, because right now it can’t tell the difference between “some more” and “somewhere.”
Anyway, must go forth and work on my science fiction story. I have no idea if I’m going to attempt to use the software or not. Looking back at how it just translated that sentence, probably not.

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