Ouch, that hurt!
It was 2-weeks ago now that I had an accident and badly sprained the ligaments in my writing hand from my wrist almost up to my elbow.
The bruising has all but gone but even writing a a sentence with my hand is very painful. Any kind of jerking or twisting movement is painful and a lot of the time I'm it feels as if there's a mass of elastic bands in my wrist and they've all been overstretched and knotted.
I am now officially a writer who cannot write. By that I mean I cannot physically write with my hand.
Because I have to write - like other writers it's a natural imperative and not a choice - I now have to rely on speech to word software. Wow, that's been fun - I say that ironically.
It's great when it works and saves me time but when it doesn't work it costs me time. That's unless I want to write a load of gibberish.
The worst thing for me is having to slow my speech down to a crawl because text to speech software is not designed for Scottish people or anyone who talks at any kind of reasonable speed. I have to talk very slowly or the words that are printed bear absolutely no relation to the words I have spoken.
Sometimes the results can be funny. Like when I type a perfectly normal sentence and it replaces one of the words with a swear word that I definitely didn't say.
Will I keep on using speech to text software once my wrist has healed?
I might but it seriously needs to improve. Not everybody speaks like the Queen of England and it's time the software reflected that.
If you have a suggestion for some good text to speech software or apps I could be using, please drop me a line in the comments.