There are different types of writing software. Truthfully they should probably have their own page but, I would rather put them all together for you here.

The categories discussed on this page are: Speech to Text and Word Processors.

So we will start with the first category; Speech to text.

I have tried two different programs when it comes to writing a book: Dragon Naturally Speaking and Speech Recognition. In my opinion, neither are good for writing a novel.

With Dragon Naturally speaking, you need to make sure you set it up correctly. It does have options for teenagers as well as southern accents but, with each one I have tried, the mistakes are still so great that if trying to write the book that way, I would want a tape recorder sitting beside me so I can go over and figure out why it put something completely different in and know what I was talking about at that moment and correct it. It would be good for blogs. But if your an author, you want to sit down and get the scene out of your head and not have to stop every couple of seconds to fix whole sentences.

So no Dragon Naturally Speaking is not really good for writing a novel, unless you record what you are saying so you can go over it later.

Now as for Speech Recognition, it done better at times than Dragon. But I still wouldn’t want to use it. I uses a box where you say what you want and then puts it in the document. So it would be just a little more time consuming than Dragon.

My advice, buy a tape recorder, record your story in chapters and then spend each day typing up what you recorded.


Now on to Word Processors

I have tried three: Microsoft Word, Open Office, and Scrivener.

They are each good in their own way. Open Office is free and mimics a lot of Microsoft Word. Only thing is you have to make sure to save in a format that Microsoft office recognizes because that is what most uses to upload to Amazon.

Scrivener is like the gold medalist of word processors. They not only have different formats straight up for you to choose from but they also allow you write in scenes. You can create character profiles right one the same document so it’s all together. Then when you go to put it all together, you click a button, check what you want included and Voila, it puts it together for you. Of course, it cost money, $40. Not nearly as much as Word, but still it’s not free. They do however offer a free trial.

Now Microsoft has been trying to keep up with all the new software coming out. They are even trying to make sure that it’s getting to be more affordable. They offer monthly payments to their office program. Only I don’t want to pay $9 something a month until I can come up with the money needed to buy the one program I needed. Don’t get me wrong though, I have. I did at one time pay the monthly payment but, when I fell on hard times and had to cancel, I couldn’t go back and sign back up for it. I tried, they tried, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me. So that turned me off of Microsoft Word. Which lead me to Scrivener.

I suppose that is why I love Scrivener more than the others.  After I got my free trial and used it, I knew I had to have it. If you take a look at their website, you would be other authors feel the same way.

What word processor software do you use? And have you ever accomplished using a speech to text software to write your books?

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