What am I doing right this second?
Well, I’m waiting for my phone to synchronize with Scrivner because I’m about to start one of my many writing processes. This involves copying the manuscript from Scrivner to Dragon Anywhere and also Speechify.
This probably sounds tedious to most people but hang in here if you are interested in how I get stuff done. Why would you be curious about how one writer with a full-time job in a large family manages to write eight books (so far) and several short stories this year? I guess that really depends on you, the reader. Either way, I’m going to get down with some transparency in my writing process.
The first thing I do every morning is to make sure my Scrivener files are synchronized. Then, depending on where I’m at in my process, I copy what I plan to work on into Dragon Anywhere and also Spechify. Dragon Anywhere is the voice dictation program I use on my phone. It has limitations but is pretty decent most of the time. Speechify is an app on an iPhone that will read documents in a robot voice. (You can choose different narrator voices, but they only do about five hundred words. Using my method, a writer will be listening to entire books—proof listening.)
Note: if I plan to stay in my office and write without going into the world, I often do my voice dictation on Dragon Dictation for Max. The software is no longer supported but still works—if you’re patient and know a few tricks. (Maybe I will cover that later.)
I am just beginning to work on the Last Reaper Seven, which means I’m outlining and roughing in some chapters to get a feel for the tone of this book. I also have a lot of flexibility and mobility issues from wearing a gun belt and driving in cars ten hours a day for the last twenty-three years. I’ve started doing the ROMWOD app to combat this miserable experience but I’m also doing lots of static stretching, joint mobility, and variations of foam rolling. And when I say I’m doing these things to put my body back together, I mean I’m doing them a lot.
Which is to say that being able to listen to what I wrote yesterday via Speechify while I’m stretching out and slamming any inspirational ideas into Dragon anywhere is a real boon.
It’s time to get busy and get some words. I have very little time to write but I also spend most my recreational time listing to mindset podcasts and videos. I’ve been striving to achieve my dreams for nearly 40 years and I’m extremely motivated. I hope that you find something interesting or useful from what I’m saying.
Please be safe and look out for the people you care about.
Life is an adventure. I read to expand my horizons and write because I must.
- The Craft of Writing: 7 Magnificent Books
- Use of Force Myths
- A Really Useful Tool
- Project Rotation