Review: Fool Proof Dictation

On the heels of Chris Downing’s fantastic book the Fool Proof Outline comes his latest kick-butt book, Fool Proof Dictation.

I’ve read other books about dictating with Dragon Naturally Speaking but Chris’s system takes it all to another level. It’s like reading something I would have written had I taken the time to do the work, practice, test different ideas, practice, do the research, practice, test some more until it was successful, and then create a polished system.

This is a thorough, workable, and easy to follow system. It walks you step-by-step through the process, helping to build your dictation abilities and confidence along the way.  Following his methods you get incrementally more comfortable working with a mic/recorder, and talking out loud, and telling stories in an increasingly coherent and entertaining manner to an audience you can’t see.

I’ve started using Fool Proof Dictation to write my stories, but when you think about it this method has uses that go well beyond dictating a novel (think blogging, public speaking, audiobooks, podcasting…and reveiws like this one)

The system in this book takes a dyslexic and slow reader/writer like me to where I’m producing 3,000 to 5,000 words in the same time it took me to write 1,000 type-written words. And I’m just getting started.

I wholeheartedly recommend Fool Proof Dictation.

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