I am coming to you today from the back of my very own Dragon. That's right, I bought a Dragon.
This is something I'd been considering for a while. I've seen a lot of other people with Dragons lately, and I thought having one might help me be more productive.
I should probably clarify this point that my Dragon is dictation software. I'm speaking this blog post out loud, and my Dragon is typing it into the computer with his well trained claws.
Whoever named the software was a genius. Who doesn't want to say they have a Dragon? I joined a writing group on Facebook where authors share their tips for using dictation software. I think most of them are there so they can talk about how they have a Dragon.
Everyone loves to say they're training their Dragon.
How to train your Dragon.
See? It just works.
Now might be a good time to confess that I bought the discount Dragon. That's right, I bought last year's model of Dragon. What can I say? It was a lot cheaper. And less buggy according to reviews.
So far I really like dictating with Dragon. This is a surprise. I wasn't sure how would feel about it. I've been typing my writing projects since grade school. But I've also had wrist problems almost since grade school. And now that I'm a professional pianist, I really do need to save my wrists for work. Dragon seems like a good solution. I've already gotten used to speaking my punctuation out loud. Pretty soon, I'll actually learn to speak my thoughts out loud.
Right now, I'm still a little bit intimidated by the Dragon in the room. Even if it is last year's model. I can write at the speed of speech, but my thoughts don't flow quite that fast yet. I expect I'll get better and better at it.
I'll keep you updated on my Dragon training progress. I'm hoping it will help me finish books faster. Next to owning your own Dragon, I think that's pretty much every author's dream.
(Notice how the software capitalizes Dragon every time I say it. I didn't tell it to do that. Sneaky brand marketing. I'd expect nothing less from the people who named dictation software Dragon. Seriously impressive. Appeals to authors and all but the most boring businessmen. Welcome home, Dragon.)
A. G. Marshall
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