Dictating a novel?
I’ve really been struggling trying to get my novel project into shape the last few days. When I’m away from the computer I have a million thoughts running through my head, and I feel like I am ready to write the best shit ever. But as soon as I sit down and start typing, I’ve got nothin’.
The other day, just before heading out, I was taking a shower when I pretty much planned out an entire chapter of my novel in my head, or so I thought. I was really excited, but I didn’t have time to write anything down because I had to head out immediately.
I was driving when I had an idea. Using the recording app on my iPad, I started dictating the chapter to my novel that was in my head during the shower. It was surprisingly effective. In about 25 minutes, I had more or less dictated the entire chapter.
That night I went home and transcribed it. It wasn’t great, but at least I got it out of my system and it allowed me to fix it as I went along, almost like editing a rough first draft.
All of this amazed me, considering as a lawyer I never used the dictation systems they had in place because I found it all too hard and awkward. I also wasn’tMaybe it was just because I didn’t know what to say.
Could this be a new way for me to write? Has anyone else tried it?
Unfortunately for me, writing first drafts of chapters is no longer my concern anymore. I now have to actually shape the drafts into good shit, which I have discovered is even harder. D’oh.