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Experimentation: A Different Way To Write

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You know how some people do things one way, and others do it differently? There are various ways to do anything, really, and in the end it’s all about figuring out what works best for you.

Writing is no different.

As much as it’d be nice if books just wrote themselves (Spoiler: They don’t.), we have to figure out ways to go about it ourselves. This involves all kinds of intricate details. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you write by hand or type it up? Or do you maybe use voice recognition software?

Normally, I plot out the important aspects of the plot and let the characters guide me along the rest of the way. Plotting I do on paper, the writing I do on my laptop. Today, I decided to do things a bit differently.

I downloaded a recording app onto my phone and dictated the latest chapter. Basically, I just let the words flow. Dictating the new chapter, chapter 7, took about an hour. Apparently I can talk rather quickly if I want to. Go figure.

What I did next was, I emailed myself the audio file and played it on my laptop, slowed down a bit, so I could keep up while typing. Writing the chapter, going by what I dictated, took about two hours.

So, with three hours of work, I created chapter 7 which consists of 4,342 words! Not too shabby, all things considered. I did to a bit of editing as I listened/typed, just to make it a bit better. But overall, I think it went great!

Is this a method I’ll always use? No, but it’s something I’ll definitely consider using from time to time. There’s just something appealing about getting the chapter done in less than an hour, and then just needing to get it onto paper.

I’ll see how often I use this method. 😉

The moral of this story is: Don’t be afraid to do things a bit differently! If you always do something the same way, you’ll never realize that maybe there’s a way to go about it that you like better, or that’s easier.

Give things a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!

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Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, a reader, a gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

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