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Writer’s Block Avoided with a Transcription Job

lauren-sweetAll around me, life is constantly being redefined by pundits. 50 is the new 40. Pets are the new mistresses. Beige is the new black. So recently I’ve done some redefining of my writing life:

Five minutes is the new hour.

Before this, I would have been the first to say that nothing useful can be accomplished in five minutes, especially when you’re talking about fiction writing. I’m an intensely focused person. I hate interruptions, and I hate doing things in little blibs and blurbs. Whatever the opposite of ADD is, I have it. So, a mere five minutes? For writing? Feh.

But after three years of graduate school (where no one expected me to do anything but read and write and attend to basic personal hygiene), I’ve been rudely thrust back into the real world. Some weeks, blessedly, I have a lot of time to write. Then I get a big work project, and I have no writing time at all. And just like exercising, for every day I’m away from my novel, it seems to take me three days to catch up.

Then I rediscovered Jerry Cleaver’s Immediate Fiction, and his #1 rule of writing: spend five minutes a day on your work in progress. Every day. 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More, of course, when you can. But always, five minutes.

Naturally, I was skeptical. But I made the commitment, just to see. And as the days piled up, five minutes after five minutes after five minutes, I started to get it. Writing is a practice, like meditation. And like meditation, five minutes a day is worth more than 35 minutes once a week. Practiced daily, meditation – or writing – seeps into the water table of your mind, permeating everything.

Only five minutes? you ask. Come on. How can you get anything done in five minutes?

That’s the sneaky insidiousness of it, the part that busts through writer’s block. Since I think I can’t accomplish anything in five minutes, it’s easy to tell myself that I’m just fooling around. Thinking about what I might write, once I get around to it. Places that scene could go, if I really wanted to go over the top. I use the best software for transcription found at this website:

Not having time to get any “real” writing done lulls my inner censor into complacence, assuring it that what I’m doing doesn’t count. It’s just pretend writing. Not serious. Move along, Mr. Critic. Nothing to see here. Have a pastry. And work gets done. A whole scene gets written. A paragraph at a time – five minutes each.

So I see this happen, and I’m getting excited. But then, as if I’m watching a late-night infomercial, I discover that for the low, low price of just five minutes a day, I get more than just the words on the page. The Muses will also throw in unlimited access to the “writer mind.” “Writer mind” is what I call that fabled Shangri-La of creativity, the altered state where the words are flowing and the world of the story is more real than the real world. The place that, every time we leave it, we’re afraid we’ll never find it again.

Turns out, it’s there all the time. But the less often we go, the harder it is to get back. The practice of “five minutes” is the practice of learning to find “writer mind” anytime, anywhere, at the drop of a pencil. In five minutes, I get five minutes of writing done. When I have more time, it becomes exponentially more productive, because I can just sit down and start. No fuss, no procrastination. (Just the thought of it gives me a little chill down my spine!)

All that in five minutes. Already, I’m a convert. But that’s not even the best part. (But wait! There’s more!) Not only does five minutes a day keep the Muses trained to respond at a moment’s notice, it keeps them working even when I’m somewhere else. My story is constantly bubbling under the surface of my mind, so that when I’m doing other things – showering, driving, sleeping, eating nachos at a hockey match – bits and pieces float to the surface. Scenes. Dialogue. Insights into characters or story dilemmas. Before, when I didn’t work on my story for several days, it would disappear, and I had to drag it up out of the darkness when I wanted write again. Now I wake up in the morning thinking, No wonder that conversation about Amber’s father in Chapter 2 seemed awkward. It needs to be moved to the end of the scene.

It’s like magic.

So now I’m going to go all evangelical on you. Write at least five minutes every day.

You’ll go to heaven. Choirs of angels will sing your praises. Your dog will love you more.

Five minutes is totally short. The most weak-minded of us can shame ourselves into doing it. You can do five minutes even if you’re really tired. Or grumpy. Or depressed. Or drunk. If you have a day job, you can sneak off and do five minutes in the bathroom stall. In the parking lot. In the cafeteria.

Do it for a month.

Shangri-La. You’ll see.

Transcription Writers Available for Hire!


Basically, transcription includes listening to a recording of something and typing the contents up into a document, which is then returned to the client, providing a composed record of exactly what’s on the recording. Generally, this will be an interview– which might be something a journalist has carried out with someone they’re writing about, or part of a research study, where a researcher has talked to subjects and needs to record their actions. It can take ages to type out a recording like this– much longer than you believe it will, especially if you don’t type extremely quick!

When I learnt how to audio-type, it was all finished with tapes and a unique pedal you pushed to play and rewind the recording. Nowadays, although you can still get the pedals, it can all be maded with MP3s, some unique software application (I utilize some supplied complimentary by NCH) and the function secrets on the keyboard fill in the pedals. You can even accelerate or slow down the playback.

The time it requires to transcribe a recording depends upon several aspects:
— the speed at which the people are talking
— the number of individuals talking
— the clarity of the recording (background noise, phone interview … )
— the clarity of the speaking voices (accents, speaking English as a 2nd language, mumbling … )

If you have got great deals of interviews to transcribe or have to have a dictation, a lecture, a radio program or a discussion became text, it deserves contacting a professional transcriber like me to do it for you.

Audio transcription is the process of representing recorded oral text into written format. The transcriptionist then listens to the audio file and types into a text editor whatever the speaker in the recording would say. As soon as the entire audio file is transcribed, the transcriptionist would then check the text records and send it to the client.

Advantages of Audio Transcription to Availability
Audio transcription provides a variety of benefits to web ease of access. Below are the groups who would benefit most from audio transcription:

Blind and Visually Impaired Persons
Usually, blind and visually impaired Internet users can access and listen to audio files submitted on sites. The majority of if not all blind and visually impaired people utilize screen readers, screen magnification systems and other similar assistive software application. Supplying a text transcript of audio files enables them to browse through areas of the material more effectively, provided that the records is well structured.

Text records likewise provide a way to take a look at the spelling of words and sentence building of the recorded content. This advantages not just blind and aesthetically impaired individuals, however, everybody who would access the records.

Persons with Hearing Impairment
Audio files, in general, are not accessible for individuals with a hearing disability. Having a text transcript of the tape-recorded material on your website will enable this group to access and comprehend the information found in the audio file.

a man transcribing audio

Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities
Many individuals with cognitive disabilities choose to read web material instead of paying attention to it. Making sure that your audio material has an equivalent text transcript assists them to gain access to the information they would otherwise neglect.

Other Groups of Web Users
Text records of audio content assistance those with a slow Web connection. Rather than downloading the entire audio content, they can merely access the text.
The very same thing can be said for mobile Web users.

Other Benefits
A text transcript works in an event where the site experiences technical trouble and users can not access the audio material. This guarantees that info is still readily available no matter such unexpected incidents.

In addition to an alternative means of providing information, audio transcription can also enhance the accessibility of content in your website. Text records can greatly enhance the searching experience of blind and visually impaired individuals, persons with hearing disability, and people with cognitive problems.

If you need a transcribing service you should contact Flawless Transcription. You can also find them on their transcription Crunchbase page.

StoryTellers Wanted

A few months ago we started a marketing communications arm at Writers’ Dojo. We named it Dojo Creative. It inhabits the basement “garden apartment” of Writers’ Dojo and was born to fund and support the vast array of our literary projects, along with the artists, we admire.

In coming weeks we will bring Dojo Creative to life online. We have a core team in place, an extraordinary pool of talent, covering all aspects of a leading agency—broadcast, print, Web, outdoor, tradeshow, PR, project management, and on it goes.

Among our projects and clients, we are primarily focused on businesses with marketing departments and ad budgets, where we can help build brands through stellar storytelling. In addition, our team has particular interest in helping individuals and organizations in the artistic community, for marketing, promotions, site development, social media, PR, and general problem solving when it comes to communications strategies.

We’ll share more about Dojo Creative soon, as we continue to grow online, fund literary projects, and look for contractors and freelancers to fill the needs of our growing client list.

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