How to Write a Novel without Putting Pen to Paper
Write a novel using a transcription service
Writing a novel can be a tortuous process. Whilst some authors can quite happily complete several books per year, others take several years just to finish one book! The fact is we are all different. Just because one person finds it easy to rattle off dozens of pages in an afternoon while you agonise over every last sentence, rewriting it umpteen times until you get it right, it doesn’t make you any less of a writer.
The Elusive First Draft:
Finishing a first draft is heaven. It may be complete and utter rubbish, full of endless run-on sentences, clunky narrative and excruciatingly bad dialogue, but who cares. This is it, your ideas are finally out there and apart from needing some serious editing, you have written a book! However, getting to that stage in the process is not always so easy.
Hammer your Writer’s Block:
One of the biggest challenges facing a writer is when the ideas stop flowing. It can be incredibly frustrating if you have a deadline to meet. No matter how long you stare at the page or screen, nothing happens. You may end up sitting there for hours, drinking endless cups of coffee, typing the occasional word, and then scrubbing it back out. But there is a solution.
Dictate Your Story into an Audio Recording Device:
Sometimes, in order to get those elusive ideas down on paper, it is necessary to think outside the box. Typing or writing longhand may be the most obvious way of writing a book, but there is another way: dictation. Barbara Cartland wrote all of her romance novels this way in her later years, so if it worked for her, it can surely work for you!
Dictation will help you circumnavigate your writers’ roadblock and complete your first draft in a lot less time than it would take you if you were tapping away at a keyboard. Instead of labouring over a computer monitor or pad of paper, all you have to do is tell your story to a digital recorder. No more worrying about editing as you go along. Instead, let the ideas flow and dictate your book in a stream of creative consciousness instead. Doing it this way will allow you to get much further into the story than you would otherwise have managed by writing it the conventional way.
Transcribing can take time. But if you don’t have time, you can pay someone else to convert your ideas into text. Professional transcription services are perfect for busy writers who are more interested in getting the ideas out of their head than typing them up.
Alphabet is more than happy to listen and commit your book to paper. Let us have your dictated recordings and we will produce the manuscript ready for you to edit at your leisure.
The Founder of Alphabet, Denise Elsdon, commenced her training at British Aerospace. Having gained her RSA and Pitman qualifications, she embarked on her chosen career path as a personal secretary. Back in 1995, Alphabet Secretarial Services was born. Since then, Alphabet has provided professional transcription services to amazing clients like the NHS, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) and others.