How to Write Like It’s…

The Productive Author offers the series HOW TO WRITE LIKE IT’S…, a system of quick-read guide books for incorporating more technology tools into your writing craft.

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This series follows our 15% philosophy for self-help or business books: 15% reading and strategizing then 85% doing, exploring techniques, making mistakes, and truly learning by discovery. That said, the 15% is indispensable. It allows you to really get traction on your projects by giving you a context and plan.

Our books give you all that. The bulk of this content is action-items, practical buying suggestions for tech tools, and hands-on 24-day explorations of concrete strategies and skills.

Accessible. Relevant. Affordable!

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Available Titles in the Series: 

HOW TO DICTATE YOUR WRITING LIKE IT’S…2015 by Cindy Grigg – Available on Amazon

From the author:

HOW TO DICTATE YOUR WRITING LIKE IT’S…2015 is the book I wish I’d had when I started adopting this skill.

In summary, I’ll give you an overview of available software and hardware for dictation. I also provide drills and a four-week plan for becoming more comfortable with dictation. I go over major commands users of Dragon should focus on, both because it is the most popular dictation tool on the market and because it packs enough features to serve as a conceptual baseline for other programs you may decide on instead.

More specifically, you get:

  • A four-week, three-stage system for mastering dictation skills while finishing 55,000 words in your work in progress, in about two hours per day! (estimated, everyone’s learning speed varies)
  • 26 dictation drills to mix and match according to what works best for you in three areas: General Commands, Verbal Storytelling, and Creative Flow
  • Prompted and unprompted dictation passages from classic literature (the works of Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, and others).
  • An overview of voice assistant, speech recognition, and transcription software options for Mac OS X, Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry, including dozens of mobile apps
  • An overview and comparison tables of transcription hardware accessories including digital recorders and external microphones or headsets
  • An overview of hiring and working with a human transcriptionist
  • An overview of dictation with note-taking apps like Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, and Google Keep
  • Tips for dictating web searches, email, word processed documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, notes, social media updates, and more
  • Links to where you can find more in-depth guides and resources
  • A stray pep talk or two (while learning dictation is absolutely worth it, you’ll need them!

More titles in HOW TO WRITE LIKE IT’S…2015 to come.

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