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Hey there,

To break through a vast wall of procrastination, I spent the summer writing the old fashioned way (pen and ink) and hiding out in odd corners of New York with a pad of paper.

It worked. The simple expedient of running out of the apartment to sit down with a pen short-circuited many of my worst writing habits. I wandered from park to coffee shop to pub to library all around town. I kept up And I filled a pile of paper nearly two inches thick.

Sadly, this has left me with a mountain of semi-coherent scribblings that I am only now wrestling into my favourite word processor.

I am doing rather less typing than you might expect. I've picked up a piece of fantasy-appropriate dictation software which has made the process much more interesting. I train it. It mishears me. I retrain it and read the help files. It laughs and laughs.

The process goes fairly quickly, in truth. In the last few days, I've ploughed through an inch of sprawling text. Tomorrow, I'll take a shot at jabbering my way through August.


PS: I need to make a recording of myself dictating dialogue-heavy sections of text. Victor Borge isn't a patch on me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF4qii8S3gw ...


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Feb. 26th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I was just thinking, "Hey, haven't heard from David Keck in a while!" Sounds like the only thing that has is your quantum-age Dictaphone.
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