The interview is interesting. One thing that caught my eye was her answer to the question, “What was it like to write while in hospital?” Here’s what she said:
It was an ideal place to finish a book, really, because I said 'I don't want any visitors' and there's no email and no telephone and my secretary came down and she sat there and I dictated away. We really got on very well.Here’s the deal. I don’t think I could “write” a book by dictation. When I type, I sometimes start a sentence and end up backtracking and changing it before it ever gets finished. I change the wording or go off in a completely new direction. I may have to flip back through pages to remind myself of where I was going or a clue I left or what the character was wearing or driving or cooking.
I know some people have made the switch. They swear by their voice recognition software and love being able to just talk and see their words appear on the screen. But I don’t think I could sit or stand or pace and speak the book in my head.
On the other hand, I once swore I would never be able to write on a computer. The only way words could flow from my brain was through a pen onto a yellow pad. And now type is all I do…all day…every day…my butt is the shape of my desk chair…my desk is a mess…the headphones I use to transcribe is hanging from the elliptical trainer…the TV in the room only picks up snow because it’s not hooked to the antenna and after February 17th won’t even pick up the snow…I wouldn’t be able to find a yellow pad if I moved into the storage closet … wait a minute, what was I talking about before I got sidetracked? Dictation. I’m afraid if I wrote by dictation, all my writing would read like this paragraph.
Anyway, what about you? Could you write by dictation?