iPhone voice notes, I love you!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have an unhealthy obsession with my iPhone.  I think I may even be getting Carpal tunnel because of the way I hold it in my hand.  Who cares!  I love it!  It played a huge role in the writing of my novel.

Every day I'd make my way to work with my character descriptions, plot lines and synonyms floating around in my head and the same thing all the way back home.  Yet when I would finally arrive home and let the dog out, feed the dog, cook dinner, eat dinner, bathe the kids, read to the kids, put the kids to bed, clean up the kitchen, straighten up the house, grade papers and talk to my husband, who partners with me to take on half of what is listed above, I'd have forgotten at least eighty percent of what I had concocted in my head.

So after lamenting my problem to a friend of mine, he suggested I record myself. (Thanks, Jason!)  Why didn't I think of this?  I love my iPhone and I use voice notes regularly to record my husband snoring.   (He claims he doesn't snore.  The other night it was so bad he made our dog bark.)  So, that's exactly what I did.  I started talking out loud and recording it on my phone while I was driving.  God knows I couldn't possibly take actual notes while driving.  I can barely keep the car on the road when I am paying attention.  It worked out famously.

This is when I actually began the writing process.  I'd sit down in front of my computer, play back my voice notes and type furiously.  It helped keep my focus and it kept me moving forward.  This was just the tip of the iceberg.  Obviously, I couldn't write a novel just using my jumbled mess of thoughts recorded on my iPhone.  Plus, I really didn't like hearing myself after I played it back for the hundredth time.  My first thought was, "Do I really sound this nasally when I talk?  If so, I need to work on that."  Once I got passed that, I started taking regular notes, still on my phone, when I wasn't driving.  But those were flawed, too.  I'd type out one or two words and then spend half the night trying to decipher what the hell I was talking about.

Yet, through all these obstacles I managed to find the time to write and somehow I was able to get complete thoughts down.  The process of writing wasn't nearly as daunting as I expected, but more on that later.  

So, in the end I love my iPhone and if I could have written my entire book on it, I would have. A big shout out to Steve Jobs for making my novel writing experience easier and also for pointing out my nasally voice.  I feel for the 25 eight year olds that have to listen to me jabber on all day.

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