Voice activation software

before I begin this segment of my blog, I want to explain what voice activation software is. I literally turn my computer on and all of my computing is done by voice.  I can do everything from write and send an e-mail, word documents, PowerPoint presentations, search the Internet, scroll and move around websites, play solitaire,  and it is even possible to do Excel spreadsheets. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is the software that I use.  From here  on in I will be referring  to it as  DNS.  Use this link to see DNS in action…you can’t help but be impressed with it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHmPamLGQA&feature=related

For as long as I can remember,  I have loved to write. I’ve given it up at different times in my life but if you asked me if I could pick any career, what would it be? I would answer:  be a writer. Most careers I had over the years…I have been fortunate enough to  incorporate  writing into my job description even if it was creating job instructions, or procedures.

I loved writing with ink on paper. I tried writing with the computer, but  I still favoured  my pen in hand.  Now I must rely on DNS to put my words on paper.  I'm having a challenging time adjusting to writing by voice.  My creativity with words came out with ink.  Now because of a workplace injury in both of my hands/arms, I can no longer write with ink or type on my computer. Talking to my computer is not the same.  My words don't flow like they used to.  My word creativity is taking a nose dive.  Writing is solitary…talking out loud is not...even if I am alone. 

I am so grateful to have the voice activation as it has opened up my computer world. The more I learn on DNS, the more I am impressed with it and what it is capable of doing for me.  However;  being a creative writer is proving to be difficult  .  An example you might understand is that writing an  e-mail is different than talking to someone. There is no feelings in emails…no emotion. It’s hard to tell if someone is being sarcastic, funny or just plain mean. This is the same problem I am having with creative writing now. I used to be able to take words and make them sing…now they lack emotion.

I have to somehow relearn how to write by talking and get the emotion I want out of my mouth and into my computer.

This blog has become quite the challenge.  I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing every day... but I get discouraged when my words don’t sound how I envisioned them. I have also started to write a book about my journey through  pain and bureaucracy with this workplace injury but,  again…my words aren’t flowing.

They say practise makes perfect…so stick with reading my blog and you can determine if that’s true or not! J