Today I would like to share a free writing time saver tool and technique with you that I use to at least double my writing output. I make a substantial part of my income providing written content to small business owners needing original written work for their websites. It’s a very competitive market and the need to provide original quality reasonable prices is imperative.
I don’t want to work for peanuts and I refuse to do so.
That means I am constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of my writing, so that I can compete with the cutthroat operators in the business.
Obviously, the more I write, the more I earn
So, if I can increase my writing output by say 50% I should be able to earn 50% more.
When I discovered the voice to text tool in Google Docs I was pretty excited.
I have trialled various voice-to-text software before including the disaster on Microsoft Word and I was somewhat sceptical about this tool’s effectiveness.
After a little bit of trial and error, I was really surprised by the quality of work that this particular tool provides.
It isn’t 100% accurate and sometimes it translates my words in humorous ways, for example the word apparent often is spelt as a parrot.
Notwithstanding these imperfections I can put together a 500 word article in about 10- 15 minutes, simply by using voice-to-text. I take another 5 minutes to edit the article and am still way ahead of touch typing my article out.
This is a really good tool and can be used in a number of ways including
- Writing my own blog posts for publication on my website, Hive and Medium
- Writing PDF reports
- Writing commissioned freelance work for my clients
- Writing email follow up letters and broadcasts for auto-responders
- Drafting content for web pages
- and any other writing task that crosses your mind.
I’m no expert with this tool yet. There are ways to enter punctuation which I haven’t quite mastered and will get the hang of in due course. Nonetheless I am really excited by the potential of this tool. I completed three articles this morning that ordinarily would have taken me all day.
I highly recommend at least trialling the product and see if it suits you. It is free.It is easy to use and it makes my job easier. I suspect it could make yours easier too.
Here’s all you need to do to take advantage of this writing time saver
- Open a google account. If you have an existing gmail account you’re good to go
- Head over to the Google Docs app in your chrome browser ( the tool will only work in Chrome – which is a minor drawback)
- Create a new document
- Click on tools and select text typing tool
- When the microphone icon appears, select your language (there are a dozen or so variations of English – the default setting is English USA
- When you are ready to commence your article, start talking. Currently, I’m manually entering new paragraphs, headings and punctuation, but I thik with a bit of experimentation you should be able to do even this by voice commandhttps:
- Be sure to proofread your work and correct any errors (there will be some)
Give it a go.
P.S. this article took 5 minutes to dictate – it’s a real writing time saver
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