October 20, 2014 5:47 AM BP: 142/95/68 fitbit: 1267 (goal is 5,000)
Day 31 of Dragon Dictate and Scrivener – Current writing streak: 13 days in a row – 3385 words today (so far).
Join me (Lindseyexplorer) in Words With Friends. Today’s first words played: yerba(20), long(16), wale(16), safe(21), put(25), run(20)
Today I used the book Story Engineering by Larry Brooks as the object of my dictation using Dragon Dictate and Scrivener. I think I want to use this book as the focus of my NaNoWriMo efforts in November 2014 instead of the book by Lee Child, Worth Dying for. Child’s book has been read for purely entertainment purposes while Brooks’ book is for education, about the process of storytelling. This is a more appropriate subject for the NaNoWriMo event.
I dictated the introduction to the book, all 3085 words of it. I fed it to the readability score program and came up with the following results:
Average Grade Level 10.4
Character Count 14,192
Syllable Count 4,703
Word Count 3,163
Sentence Count 156
Characters per Word 4.5
Syllables per Word 1.5
Words per Sentence 20.3
As can be seen, the reading level has increased from the fourth grade level of Worth Dying For to the sophomore in high school level for Story Engineering. I suspect that this means also that my Dragon Dictate training is getting smarter based on the words used and their assemblage. I’m not sure if there’s a way to measure this within Dragon Dictate but I hope there is.
In an attempt to achieve near 100% accuracy with my dictation, I carefully dictated a sentence at the time, ensuring that it was identical to the original before I went to the next line.
When I was done with the entire Introduction, I ‘fed’ it to the spell checker and found no errors. Excellent.