Maybe it’ll help you get out of a rut; at the very least, it’s good for a few minutes of
And it’s now easier than ever to combine the two,
thanks to recent advances in speech recognition technology.
Carl Sagan’s voluminous output was facilitated by his process of speaking
into an audio recorder, to be transcribed later by an assistant
(you can listen to some of his dictations in the Library of Congress!)
And software like Dragon’s Naturally Speaking has offered automated transcription
for people with the patience and budget to pursue it.
— of convenience, affordability and accuracy—that makes it practical to use it more casually.
And I’ve found it increasingly useful for generating a sort of proto-first draft:
an alternative approach to the painful process of converting the nebulous wisps inside
your head into something you can actually work with.
dubbed brain droppings).