Word Count Update 21st April

Super quick update. I decided to try using my wee dictaphone to get my writing done today–to then run through my transcription software. BUT… I can’t dictate without seeing the words on the screen. The story was there, but the writing felt cold and clinical.

The moment I saw the transcribed text (which took forever), I knew I was going to have to ditch the 1,500 words. Firstly because of the writing, and secondly, because the software did a terrible job–garbled gibberish.

In the end, I had to bin those words and make a run at catching up this afternoon. I’m a bit miffed at the lost time, but I’m thrilled with what I managed to get done.

Running the Asset‘s manuscript is now at 120,865 words.

Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​

11 thoughts on “Word Count Update 21st April

  1. Hang in there! You can do it!👍🏻👍🏻🎉

    1. Thank you!!! 🌻

  2. bushboy says:

    Obviously the transcriber didn’t speak Scots 😂

    1. Voice recognition seems to have a blind spot for Scots accents speaking English. Here’s a fairly realistic example 🤣https://youtu.be/MNuFcIRlwdc

      1. bushboy says:

        I have seen that before but had to watch it again to have the tears running down my face again 😂😂😂

      2. It makes my face hurt so much. But there’s a point it gets to that I’m right in there with them. I’ve done the fake upper crust English accent and the American accent in my attempts to get Siri/Alexa/Dragon to understand… they didn’t. I’d be trapped on that lift for life! 🤣

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    Back in the day, I used to dictate letters (!) but I don’t think I’d get on so well with a story. Probably worth you pursuing to save your hands, I guess that like everything it requires practice.

    1. I’m with you, dictating (for later transcription) anything other than letters is horrible. But, live dictation onto a screen is awesome for fiction. I used to do it when I was screenwriting.

  4. Really annoying about the transcription software, hoped it would give your paws a bit of a rest 😩 great blast in the afternoon but, to get so many words down 😃

    1. 💖 Thank you!

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