Thursday, January 11, 2018

Learning to Use Voice Typing With Google Docs

Happy New Year!

One of my goals for 2018 is to publish more books, lots more books. In order to do that, I need to get more words down on paper (screen) and in order to do that, I have been learning to use Voice Typing with Google Docs and thought I'd share my experiences so far with all of you.

First, let me give credit to author Chris Fox who has some fantastic YouTube videos on writing, promotion and story craft. Click here to check out his channel. 

If you click here, you can sign up for his non-fiction newsletter and get a free copy of his book 5,000 Words Per Hour. Or you can buy from Amazon. 

Let me repeat the title of that book, 5,000 Words Per HOUR. That's a lot of words. My usual goal is 1500 to 2000 words per day and if I get close to 3,000 in a day, I'm pretty thrilled. I can accomplish that with writing sprints on a fairly regular basis but it still takes me about 2-3 hours, with breaks etc. And by the time I finish, my brain is fried.

In 5,000 Words Per Hour, Chris Fox points out that it's pretty much impossible to type that many words in that amount of time. To test myself, I took an online typing test and I average about 60-65 words per minute, which is pretty good, but not enough to get 5,000 in an hour.

In order to achieve 5,000 Words Per Hour, Fox suggests using voice to text or voice typing. There are programs you can buy, but since I use Google Docs, I decided to use the Voice Typing Feature that is included.

I have tried using it before, but found it frustrating because often the words that are typed are not what I said. Or at least not what I meant to say, so I figured it was a waste of time if I'd have to go back and fix everything anyway.

But---and here's where I had my AHA moment---Fox says: I know it can be frustrating, but if you could consistently produce 4-5,000 words per hour, wouldn't it be worth the time to figure it out?

Makes sense to me! I gave it another try and I'm rather pleased with the results. Here are a few things I've learned.

First...if you want to get some pointers on how to use Voice Typing for Google Docs or whatever you're using, I'd suggest you go to YouTube and watch a demonstration or two. It's pretty straight forward, but the videos do offer some good info.

In about 20 minutes of voice typing, I can produce 1200 to 1500 words. With word sprints on Write or Die, I usually ended up with about half that many words in that amount of time. Still good, but I'm aiming for sky high word counts. I've also had a couple of upsetting incidents with Write or Die where my flying fingers hit some magical combination of keys and all my words disappeared, so I have gotten a bit nervous about using it.

Voice typing is based on sounds, so things can show up a bit strangely. "A woman who knew a thing or two about sex" showed up as "A woman hunua thing or two about sex." I sort of like the puzzle aspect of figuring it out later. I am also working on speaking more clearly, which is probably a good habit in general.

You have to speak the punctuation, which means saying "comma" or "period". It does not appear that Voice typing for Google Docs recognizes quotation marks, so that's an additional task that can be annoying for fiction writers. You can say "quote" and it will type that word, then you can do a search in the doc for "quote" and add in your quotation marks or just do it when you edit.

I have found that speaking the punctuation interrupts the flow of what I'm saying so I just go for it and fix it later. I usually remember to say "new line" or "new paragraph" so it's not just a screen full of one giant run on sentence. I don't know if this will become less disruptive after I become more accustomed to using this feature or not. I'll keep you posted. If you say "delete" it will remove the last word typed. I have found that it's faster to just use the keys and delete that way. I don't do a lot of deleting while I'm voice typing because I don't want to interrupt the flow, but if I see something I want to take out quickly, I'll do it.

I do this when Mr. Jones is at work. At first it felt weird to talk aloud while I was alone (except for the dog) but it didn't take long to get used to it. Since Mr. Jones and I live in our motor home, there's not a lot of privacy and I'm not sure how I'd feel about having him listen in. Or how he'd react. That could be a post for another day. :)

I have (unintentionally) started doing voices for the different characters. I'm not Rich Little, but I have found that as I'm telling the story, the heroine's dialogue is spoken in a higher pitch than the hero's. I have no idea what the dog thinks about any of this as he's watching me and I'll have to be sure to work with the windows closed once the weather warms up.

I think that speaking uses a different part of the brain than typing (my guess, I haven't researched this) but it is not nearly as mentally tiring as typing a story. And it feels like I am a bit more creative when talking than typing.

Watching the letters get added to the page is distracting for me so I look away while I speak but glance at the screen often to make sure it's still working because the microphone has a tendency to stop working randomly.

Sometimes the microphone randomly stops working and you don't want to talk for 10 minutes and suddenly realize none of your brilliant words were captured.

My hands and shoulders don't ache. Living in our motor home means I don't really have a proper desk so I work in different locations, which I prefer because I like to change things up. But, I also end up with a sore neck, shoulders and hands, particularly if I'm not being careful. With voice typing, I just need to be near the computer, but don't need to use my hands. I'm sure that many writers with proper desks and chairs also suffer from aches and pains that might be alleviated with some periods of voice typing.

I also use my phone. I have Google Docs on my phone, so I can use that instead of the computer and it adds the words all to the same document. Trying to type in bed with my laptop on my knees is uncomfortable and not very productive, but I can hold my phone like a microphone and talk easily. You could also talk while standing, walking on a treadmill, folding the laundry or waiting in the carpool lane.

Yes, I do need to do a lot of editing, but it's an excellent way to really look at what I've written. With being able to get so many words down quickly, I feel like the time spent editing is no big deal.

I don't usually plot, but I do try to have some notes about what I want to happen in a scene so I can refer to them as I'm speaking instead of saying "um". Mr. Jones works nights, so I have been doing my voice typing after he leaves, then the next day, I go over what I wrote and then plan what I'll write that night after he leaves.

Is every word going to make it to the final product? No, but as they say, you can't edit a blank page.

Bottom line: Overall, I'm very pleased with how the Voice Typing is going for me. It seems like when I'm talking, I'm more engaged in telling the story that I am visualizing rather than typing the words. Does that make sense? I am someone who needs variety, so trying something new almost always appeals to me, particularly if I am getting good results.

If you have thought about voice typing, I'd encourage you to give it a try. Let me know how it goes for you. Or, if you're an experienced voice typer, feel free to share your tips and pointers in the comments.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lies, Love and Lust. A steamy suspense romance from Maggie Carpenter

I'm happy to be able to share a great new release from Maggie Carpenter, A Country Music Christmas


Cowboy and legendary record producer Liam Taylor is furious. He has just learned the young woman he hired as an assistant several weeks before is an aspiring singer who manipulated her way into his home. He believed they were becoming close, which makes her deception even more egregious.

Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Summer Brown has never felt her heart pump so fast, nor her face burn so hot. She may have arrived on Liam's doorstep wanting to be the next Taylor Swift, and she still does, but she's crazy about him.

Liam is a dominant, and believing she's made a fool of him he deftly bends her over his knee, lands a flurry of hard swats, then sends her packing, but a short time later a fierce snowstorm sweeps down the mountain. They suddenly find themselves catapulted together in perilous conditions fighting for survival. 

He must bury his anger to battle through the treacherous blizzard, but if they make it out alive will her impassioned declaration of love be enough to win his forgiveness...?

If you enjoy an exciting heartwarming romance starring a take-charge cowboy and feisty female, you'll love A Country Music Christmas. Click the link today.

Publisher's Note: A Country Music Christmas includes sexual scenes and spankings. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book. Previously released under the title, A Song For Liam).

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Friday, October 27, 2017

New From Maggie Carpenter


Avery Madison, a farm girl from Montana and struggling interior decorator, has been trespassing on a private beach as payback for a broken promise. 

For weeks billionaire Dean Guthrie has been irritated by a young woman disrupting his solitude, and finally catching her he pulls her over his knee. Infuriated she marches into the water not noticing the menace lurking in the shallow depths.

Dean's frantic shouts of warning send her racing back to the sand, and barely escaping the jaws of the great white she falls into his arms at the water's edge. 

Moments later he recognizes the dark-haired green-eyed beauty. At a chance meeting months before she'd begged him to look at her ideas for his house. Though he'd agreed and was eager to see her again the portfolio had failed to appear.

They realize conniving forces must have interfered, but who, and why? As smoldering passion ignites, more questions surface as they are faced with a mysterious spate of nasty misdeeds. 

Does someone want to keep them apart, or are Avery and Dean in serious danger...? 

A menace lurks and romance flames in this sexy romance. If you enjoy mystery and suspense with take-charge alpha male and feisty female, you'll love The Billionaire's Beach. Grab your sunscreen and click the link today.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Bastards & Whiskey---New From Alta Hensley

Bastards & Whiskey by Alta Hensley IS LIVE!!!
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I sit amongst the Presidents, Royalty, the Captains of Industry, and the wealthiest fucks in the world.

We own Spiked Roses—an exclusive, membership only establishment in New Orleans where money or lineage is the only way in. It is for the gentlemen who own everything and never hear the word no.

Sipping on whiskey, smoking cigars, and conducting multi-million dollar deals in our own personal playground of indulgence, there isn’t anything I can’t have… and that includes HER. I can also have HER if I want.

And I want.

*BASTARDS & WHISKEY is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a sprinkle of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.

About the Author:

Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My New Release---An Old Fashioned Man

Wow, I didn't publish any new books for nearly two years, and this summer I've published three. My latest is release is An Old Fashioned Man

Blurb: After a cataclysmic earthquake destroys the campus of her small women’s college and everything in the surrounding area—and possibly much of the world—Lara is left wandering the woods in search of food, shelter, and other survivors. When she spends the night in a barn to escape the cold, however, she is surprised to be awoken by a tall, handsome Amish man.

When he startles Lara and she makes a run for it, Caleb Miller takes it upon himself to chase the frightened girl down and make sure she is provided with a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. But Lara is unlike any woman Caleb has ever set eyes on, and in spite of the circumstances, every moment they spend together leaves him more certain that she is meant to be his wife.

Though she is shocked when Caleb asks her to be his bride, Lara cannot deny her excitement at the thought of sharing his bed. But after accepting his proposal, she quickly discovers that his approach to wifely discipline is quite traditional indeed, and it isn’t long before she finds herself over his knee for a sound spanking on her bare bottom.

The stern chastisement leaves Lara’s cheeks blushing and her backside burning, yet it also arouses her deeply, and when her new husband takes her in his arms and makes her his own it is more pleasurable than she ever imagined. But will her body’s response to Caleb’s firm-handed dominance be enough to leave her in no doubt that she belongs with an old-fashioned man?

Publisher’s Note: An Old-Fashioned Man includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
Here's an Excerpt: The switch stung intensely. There was no gentle warmup. No playful interlude where he teased and tickled her with its thin, soft tip. None of that. Suddenly Caleb was all business.
The switch whooshed through the air a fraction of a second before contact and the sound made Lara tense up her muscles in anticipation of the impact.
“Relax, Lara. You’re making it worse for yourself.” Caleb’s hand gently brushed across her shoulders and down her back. He repeated the motion over and over at a slow and steady pace. Lara focused on her breathing and calmed her mind.
Then her punishment began in earnest. The slender strip of wood fell over and over across the bare cheeks of her bottom and Caleb varied his speed and intensity so that just when she began to think perhaps the punishment was over, another stripe landed on her tender rear end.
That little switch, which seemed like just a decoration when hung above the bed, was really a fearsome implement of correction. It prickled across her delicate flesh at random intervals, leaving hot, bright-pink welts in its wake.
Held firmly over Caleb’s lap, Lara’s only recourse was to writhe from side to side in an attempt to avoid the hateful switch. That only earned her sharp strokes of the implement to the backs of her thighs, which were even more excruciating than the lashes across her bottom. Frustrated and out of options, Lara finally accepted her punishment without further struggle.
As she gave herself over to the punishment, guilt about her behavior slowly ebbed away.
Any naughty thoughts she may have entertained moments before vanished in the onslaught of her punishment. With her senses limited, Lara focused on the reason for this spanking.
She had lied to Caleb and she had left her friends out in the cold. While they were tired and hungry, she had been feasting at the Miller family dining table. Guilt and shame filled her, but she found that with each successive impact of the switch on her bare flesh, some of the anguish left her. She had done wrong, she was remorseful, and now she was being punished. Once that was completed, she could put it all in the past and move on with her life. Her life with Caleb.
Though her mind and heart understood, her butt felt the brunt of it. With a flurry of quick, stinging strokes, Caleb finished the task and she started to relax into his touch.
She envisioned tiny electric sparks dancing down her back where his fingers stroked her spine. When her nose detected what could only be the shameful aroma of her arousal, she squirmed and attempted to clench her thighs together, hoping to stem the flow of her juices.
Caleb was not having it. The switch snaked its way from her knees up the inside of her thighs and forced her legs apart. Caleb slipped his thumb into her wet opening and probed the rim until he found the hard button of her desire. He used his fingers with surprising skill, pinching and teasing the nub of her clit until her hips bucked against his lap and what had started as punishment ended with a sweaty, squirmy, blushing orgasm.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bastards & Whiskey ----Take A Sip

Bastards & Whiskey by Alta Hensley releases on September 18th!

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I sit amongst the Presidents, Royalty, the Captains of Industry, and the wealthiest fucks in the world.

We own Spiked Roses—an exclusive, membership only establishment in New Orleans where money or lineage is the only way in. It is for the gentlemen who own everything and never hear the word no.

Sipping on whiskey, smoking cigars, and conducting multi-million dollar deals in our own personal playground of indulgence, there isn’t anything I can’t have… and that includes HER. I can also have HER if I want.

And I want.

*BASTARDS & WHISKEY is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a sprinkle of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Out Of The Darkness by Juliette Banks---New Release and On Sale for 99 cents

Check out this hot new release by Juliette Banks. For just one week, starting today, it will be on sale for 99 cents...where else can you get so much deliciousness for less than a dollar?
About Out of the Darkness:
"A man could go to war in defence of a body like yours, you know. You hold most men in the palm of your hand.”
The missing father; the predatory stepfather; the abusive lover; they all let her down.
She is one of the most beautiful and photographed women in the world.
She lives the life many young girls dream about.
But sometimes the dream and the reality don’t match up.
William, a powerful and charismatic Dom, who excites her like no other man before, steps into her life.
Will he be different from the others?
Will he recognize her need for loving submission?

"I can't keep traipsing three miles every time I want to spank that delectable little behind of yours."
NOTE: This book was previously published, under the same title but with a different cover, under the author name of Rachel de Vine.

Here's an excerpt:

I'm not sure that even I know the real me. My life had changed so often since I'd been 'discovered' at the tender age of fifteen, while walking down the King's Road in Chelsea, and within two years I was pictured on the covers of all the glossy magazines. It all happened so quickly. One day I was a fairly ordinary London schoolgirl, and the next I was travelling the world and being wined and dined by the world's glitterati. Then there were the men. Mostly, they were older, successful and wealthy men who bought me champagne and dinner and then thought they owned me. Some of them were very powerful, men you would not want to cross for fear of the consequences. A few were kind, but many were not. I sometimes wondered if the fault lay with me. Did I do or say things to attract the wrong type of man? Did I give off the wrong vibes, or was I simply unlucky? I had no idea.
The working life of most models is quite short; youth and beauty being such transient states. Make the most of it, was the advice I often received, especially by older models who knew that there were always younger and prettier women to take their place. Many of the girls, if they didn't make it right to the top where the serious money was made, adopted the other route of marrying wealthy men. It wasn’t always a guaranteed success. I knew of several older models who had given up the catwalk and married such men, some of whom turned out to be serial philanderers. They became second or third wives, and probably realised with a sinking heart that they were destined eventually to be replaced, as their predecessors had been.
I had a few love affairs, but I had never fallen in love. I saw most for what they were, men who viewed a beautiful woman as another symbol of their success, like expensive sports cars, yachts, and luxury villas. I tried to stay away from that sort of man, but I wasn't always clever enough to spot the ones who should be avoided at all costs. They didn't all look like Russian gangsters.
"Oh I work hard, but I play hard, too. Do you play hard, Marianne?

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About me:
I write erotic romance as both Juliette Banks and Rachel de Vine, and love to write about sensual, romantic and erotic characters who lead interesting lives, and who often have to overcome challenges along the way. I prefer to write erotic romance, rather than straight erotica, because I am essentially a romantic person, but I also like to involve my characters in an exciting life of Dominance and submission at different levels.
I am British, love the rural life and live in a beautiful home in the middle of the rolling English countryside. I also like to travel around the world from time to time, and have visited some beautiful and exciting places on the way. I am forever grateful that I was born in a place and at a time to take advantage of the freedoms and pleasures that are still denied to many people of the world. We must never take such freedom for granted.
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