This is not as weird as it sounds. Honest!
I, like many other people, get ideas at the oddest and most inconvenient of times. Very often I don’t have paper and pen to hand, and though I have my mobile phone, writing anything other than a brief text is excruciating and a lesson in not losing my patience when I consistently hit the wrong key with my obviously overly large fingers.
So, I came up with the idea of using the voice record facility on my mobile. After all, I tend to have this addictive little gadget with me most of the time, so doing a prattle into it seemed like a great idea.
Then I thought about taking it one step further. I spend my working day typing, and am fairly quick and proficient, however my thoughts, when I am writing, come much quicker than I can type. So, in my infinite wisdom I wondered if I could use the speech to text facility in Windows. And, maybe, just maybe, I could go even further again, and as well as speaking directly into my newly acquired microphone, I could also press the play button on my phone, and let it ‘talk’ to my computer. Therefore, if I was in the car, for instance, where I often talk to myself, as I work through the next scene, I could dictate a whole chapter into my phone, play it back, and my computer could type it up for me. Genius!
Only it wasn’t. For one thing, I still haven’t persuaded my speech to text programme that I actually speak English, so that continues to be a work in progress several weeks later.
Secondly, I get frowned at if I use my mobile in work (and rightly so, too), so I’m having to resort to disappearing off to the loo and whispering furtively into my phone. I could cope with this, if it weren’t for the fact that my phone objects to me whispering, and will only play back a sort of hissy mumble. I didn’t realise this, though, until I had merrily filled up the voice recording bit with lots of brilliant thoughts and ideas,which I can't understand when I play them back, and I've now forgotten what it was I actually said...
Next time I get a great idea, somebody please stop me!