Let the writing begin!

Hello and good Monday to all you copious notes readers out there! Last week, I left off with you guys letting you know that my research poor should for Spirit hackers is pretty much complete. Well, I am excited to say that not only do I start the book, but I actually restarted it today. Let me explain:

On Friday after I had blogs to all of you guys, I had decided to begin the book. I typed the first two “chapters” which equals approximately 600+ words. Now I used my new dictation software to write those pages but it was a lot of herky-jerky writing and it did not flow whatsoever. I look back on it only about two hours later to see that I didn’t like what I written. I think this is part of the adjustment process to using dictation software for writing my book. One thing I noticed, was that I had zero description. I think that stems from the fact that I had an entire picture in my head and did not do a good job of describing it. I will say that dictating a book compared to writing it on a keyboard or on a piece of paper is definitely different. I speak differently than I write, I have to take that into consideration when I am “writing” my book.

So… today I decided to scrap the 600 words and start again. I figure I’ve already restarted the book once why not do it again! 🙂 I rewrote the same pages and made sure to add more description and have it flow little better. I also try to make it so that it was more exciting and read more like a book. I think I did much better the second go around because my word count is almost double.

I know it is a challenge right now, but I believe that once I adjust to writing in this method I will be able to use the dictation software to write very quickly and have the book come together very well. At least I hope that’s how it comes out. I am going to have to read and reread to make sure that what I have on the “page” is what I intended. I will also admit that dictating blog entries such as the one I am doing right now is different than writing a story via dictation. I also did not foresee that.

So for now, I have approximately 4 pages and 1376 words. I can only go up from here… I hope. 🙂

  1. Congrats! Keep it up, buddy.

    • Aaron
    • September 22nd, 2008

    Thank you! I’m glad to finally get this book started.

  2. Whoop! 🙂 Good for you. It must feel good to get started.

  3. I’m horrible at leaving out description. I’m going to need an entire round of edits just to work in more detail.

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