Unleashing your author’s voice

I work with many authors who prefer to dictate their books than write them on paper or type them up.  I am sure that this is because they have a preference to the auditory side of their brains as opposed to the visual or kinesthetic.

For some this even manifests itself as a block that prevents them writing … if this sounds like you then help is at hand …

Many solutions exist for doing semi-automatic speech to text conversion but by far the best text to speech conversion system is another human being.

wescribeitlogoI had just completed another successful Unleash the Book Inside workshop where at least two attendees expressed this preference and, as if by magic, fell across an excellent online transcription service called WeScribeit on Friday.

Like all these things, I like to test them myself before recommending them to my clients and I did so. What’s a bit surprising and impressive is that it’s Monday morning and I have the results of the tests back already – their service is stunning !!!!

AND THEY DO ENGLISH AS WELL AS AMERICAN !!!

I tested them out on an audio file with some tricky stuff in it which also uses hypnotic trance which is unfair on anyone trying to concentrate on a cognitive task … have a look and listen for yourself to see if you are as impressed as I am

Here’s the source audio file:

and here’s the transcribed file

Well, I for one am really impressed and their rates are as impressive as their turnaround

Thanks to Melody and the folks at WeScribeit for providing yet another excellent resource for authors everywhere.

With specialist MP3 recorders being so cheap and virtually ever new phone being able to record audio, this is a brilliant way to rapidly draft a book.

Or why not combine it with the audio note facility on iMindmap?

P.S. I should mention I found WeScribeit on Twitter – if you are a serious author and not on Twitter yet, you are missing out on a whole load of serendipitous contacts

Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thebookwright

Follow WeScribeit at www.twitter.com/wescribeit

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Embedding Mind Maps in your Neurology

This visualisation started life as one of the components of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop and home study course.

In the workshops, I found that the students started to get huge flashes of inspiration when I combined mind mapping with simple simple contemplative and meditative techniques. This version of the visualisation is more generic such that you can use it on any mind map whether hand drawn or computer generated. Note though, if you do use software mind mapping, it’s a good idea to use a print out first. This visualisation takes a mind map and embeds it into your cellular neurology such that two things start to happen.

Firstly, you commit it to memory much better.

Secondly that you become better at noticing coincidences and serendipities associated with elements on the map. For example, if your map contains your goals and ambitions for the year, you start to become luckier. If you are writing a book, you come across information and ideas that help you in ways that seem uncanny.

You can play the visualisation here

An MP3 version comes with the Unleash the Book Inside Home Study course ..

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What can you say in Six Sentences?

Writing is like any exercise, the more you do it, the better you seem to get at it.

I came across a brilliant site recently that is ideal for exercising your Creative Muse. It’s called Six Sentences and takes submissions, posting the best, of short pieces written, well, in Six Sentences.

They also have an excellent Ning community site.

In the Blue Peter tradition, here’s one I submitted earlier – The Power of Six

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If you want a real challenge, take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and use it as a seed to generate your Six Sentences