The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon

  • by Scott Baker
  • Narrated by Scott Baker
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need to be truly productive.
This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt and a wealth of insider knowledge from within the dictation industry, Scott Baker will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software. You will learn:

Hidden tricks to use when installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking on a Windows PC or Dragon Dictate for Mac
How to choose the right microphone and set it up perfectly for speech recognition
The little-known techniques that will ensure around 99% accuracy from your first install - and how to make this even better over time
Setting up fail-safe dictation profiles with multiple microphones and voice recorders, without impacting your accuracy
How to train the software to adapt to both your voice and writing style and avoid your accuracy declining
Strategies for achieving your entire daily word count in just one or two hours
Many more tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else

It's time to write at the speed of speech - and transform your writing workflow forever!


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the perfect book for aspiring writers who also want to be prolific at what they do. Sure, there's a bit of a mind shift a writer needs to make when going from typing to dictation, and it's not quite the same as verbal storytelling, which is a different beast. I've already had two sessions and i'm already seeing my word count climb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon?

I saw the advantages of dictation programs for writing ages ago, Dragon being the one of the best on the market at the time, but it was horrible for accuracy. A couple of years back I bought Home edition 12, and though it was an improvement, it was still a nightmare to edit my drafts as paragraphs of text would come out as gibberish. I implemented the first couple of tricks right away: use a proper mic, the same one i used for professional video narration (garbage-in garbage-out) and reset my profile to ignore emails, on-board training, and uploaded my manuscripts. Instant change in the accuracy levels! I'm a huge fan! Now it's time to focus on getting that word count up and teach my brain how to tell the story verbally instead of through typing.

Have you listened to any of Scott Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No i have not. But i have heard him on podcasts and the tone he uses here is just as personal, one-on-one, as though he's talking directly to you and teaching you everything he knows about the program. Apart from a few accent related quirks that make me giggle, he spoke clearly and the recording was professional quality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed his story about tight deadlines and his drive to overcome physical issues. It's inspiring.

Any additional comments?

i'm so happy he gave me a reason to go back to Dragon. I'm planing to implement the dictaphone process at some point in the future, especially since i know i'll be spending a lot of time in the garden during the summer.

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- Ruby

The book is a long introduction to using Dragon

With very little about actually using Dragon to dictate and almost nothing about supercharging workflow.
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- Gregory Skie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2016
  • Publisher: Ashe Publishing