Notes in the Dictation

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I dictate a lot of my first drafts. Makes my commute more useful (and seem like it goes faster), helps get the basic story out of my head quicker, and makes things more interesting when I get to editing phases.

Sometimes, I leave notes for myself in the text of a dictated story. They usually (but not always) relate to the story. These are distinguished by square brackets [] which the verbal commands for are “open bracket” and “close bracket”. Normally, it’s things like [Add more detail here.] or [I’ve forgotten if this character is supposed to have red or green hair.] or [Cool idea unrelated to this particular story but I want to make sure I don’t lose it.] or even [When you come across this note, check to see if you have enough snake food.]

Starting the read through of the Troll World novels (well starting with volume 2, since the first book is sitting comfortably at 3rd draft), and I came across this, exactly, in Chapter 9:

Grinning, Mira smiled. [Oh, that makes sense.]

Wow. Just, wow. No commentary. No obvious remarks about fixing it or about how it was probably the stupidest sentence I’d ever written, just the sarcastic comment.

Be well, everyone.

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Lance
Lance Schonberg is an eclectic genre fiction author with more than two dozen stories published or on the way. 2019 is the year he dives into independent publishing, starting with "Thorvald's Wyrd", "Skip To My Luu", and "Turn the World Around". And he needs a more exciting short bio.

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