Various thoughts about travel, writing, and publishing -- plus anything else that is worth a comment by award winning science fiction author Henry Melton
Friday, November 02, 2007
Alex the Writing Assistant
With the new Mac operating system upgrade, there's a new voice, "Alex" which is very good at speaking arbitrary text. Under the voices preference, I was able to set a keystroke command to automatically speak any text I have selected. This gives me the opportunity to write a sentence or paragraph, and then immediately have it spoken to me. This morning I've used it extensively as I rewrite sections of my novel. I can easily try out several variations just to see which one 'sounds' better. It works with any application, even the years-old version of Word that I'm using, and the blogger compose window.