Do you suffer from writer’s block?
I do. I suffer from writer’s block frequently. Particularly when there are lots of things happening in my life and my brain is on information overload.
Creating downtime, practising meditation, tai chi, and yoga, and walking, are all things I aim to build into my days to help empty the chatter from my brain, to keep calm, to reflect, and to create space to ‘write’.
Even so, it’s difficult to know, when I start a new project, how my brain is going to feel on the morning that I sit in front of my screen. Is my brain going to ‘play fair’ and churn out the 500 words needed, or will the words simply just not be there?
Automatic Transcription – a tool that spits out your ideas in minutes
I’m always willing to consider new tools to help with writer’s block. I recently came across an article about Automatic Transcription written by colleagues at Descript.
The writer talks about the blank screen, a looming deadline, and a sinking feeling in your gut that pairs poorly with the jug of coffee you drank earlier.
And how…. only in the last couple of years automated transcription has reached a sweet spot — of convenience, affordability and accuracy—that makes it practical to use it more casually. It’s 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.
How great is that!
The article then goes on to explain how the process works ….. how the software uses state-of-the-art machine learning to spit back a text transcript (from the words and phrases you have spoken into the transcribing machine) a few minutes later. That transcript won’t be perfect—the robots are currently in the ‘Write drunk’ phase of their careers. But for drafting purposes that’s fine: you just need it to be accurate enough that you can recognize your ideas.
Well I think that’s an amazing tool!
So if I find that I’m stumbling finding the words, or having difficulty putting my ideas down creatively, all I need to do is to talk my ideas, phrases and words into the transcribing machine and it will spit back something a little more constructive minutes later.
And off I go, a jump start to a new project.
Check out the whole article here.