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Erik

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Writing one handed
Posted: Sep 29, 2017 12:51 PM
 
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Shortly after finishing my first book I was injured and permanently lost the use of my left hand. What text to speech programs would you recommend?
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: Writing one handed
Posted: Sep 29, 2017 1:08 PM   in response to: Erik in response to: Erik
 
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I use the dictation features in Google Drive, and the iPhone voice to text option into Evernote (or Google Drive or Notepad).

Google Drive doesn't understand quotation marks, and the iPhone cuts off your voice to text after about a minute. So I waffle back and forth.

Dragon Dictation has great reviews, but it annoyed the bleep out of me.

You'll have to spend a few days dorking about and discovering what works for you. Also, you'll have to enunciate clearly, and speak a bit slower and more clearly.
Notjohn

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Re: Writing one handed
Posted: Sep 30, 2017 2:44 AM   in response to: Erik in response to: Erik
 
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I think Hitch answered this elsewhere (there's no need for multiple posts, if that was you). But in case it wasn't you, I second her recommendation for Dragon Naturally Speaking. You must train it to understand your voice, and perhaps adapt your voice to it, but it can come very close.

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P.A. Choi

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Re: Writing one handed
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:33 PM   in response to: Erik in response to: Erik
 
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Hello, I might suggest an alternative as well: I've been all over lately and pretty much the only thing I always have with me is my phone, so I bought a decent carbon-tipped stylus and downloaded the Google Handwriting app. It translates your handwriting into text, and it's scary-accurate, even if you write in cursive. There are issues when editing afterwards, namely it sometimes joins words, but otherwise it is a very effective way to write on the go. I like to go to bars and sip on a beer while I'm writing at the same time.
Notjohn

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Re: Writing one handed
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 4:43 PM   in response to: P.A. Choi in response to: P.A. Choi
 
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I like to go to bars and sip on a beer while I'm writing at the same time.

Sounds like a plan!

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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