Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Dictation Experiment

So I'm going to try out this dictation thing and see what happens as I make a blog post with dictation. The most frustrating thing for me as a writer is when I read writing books about improving your productivity, writing faster, other things like this (blah blah blah) and then I get about, oh I don't know, 10 pages in, and all of a sudden, it says “and the way that I improved my writing time is dictation”. And then I scream. Just a little.

But I'm going to give it the old college try and see what happens when I use dictation to write a blog post. So here we go. So far, to this point, I have already done this whole post with this dictation program. I’m using Dragon Dictation on my phone by the way.

So far it works a lot better than the dictation functions in my phone’s email and text message programs. That's good because otherwise I wouldn't be able to decipher what I'm saying.

As part of this experiment, I’m also going to try (that is TRY) to track my writing process and how well this is working for me. I'm actually going to try to write my book using dictation. That may go well or very poorly. But hey, I'm willing to experiment for the heck of it and see how things go. How much worse off am I if I do it than if I don't? I'll get in words either way. Now since I'm doing this on my phone, I actually won’t be able to tell my word count until I send it over to my computer and import it into a document—probably one of the biggest problems with doing this dictation. I can't see how I'm doing as far as word count until I’m done with my session. The other problem I see is that, while I know basic punctuation commands for the dictation program, I will have to go behind and format everything. I think that when I'm writing my fiction this could be difficult because I won’t be able to do dialogue very effectively via the dictation. I’ll have to go back and hope I don't miss any places where there should be dialogue markers. The other problem is that I haven't figured out how to get the program to go to the next paragraph. (Right after I said that I went and looked up the dictation commands and found a quick sheet for them).

So we will see how these work. I'm going to stop the dictation and check. (Hey look it worked!)

So…I think this is going to be a learning curve but something that I can learn to do.

I think that my biggest problem, once I figure out the commands, will be learning to actually dictate my book. And by “learning” I mean getting over the fact that I will be talking out loud, not being embarrassed by talking out loud and learning how to get my story from my brain to my mouth. I don't have a problem getting my story from my brain to my fingers right now, but I can't get it out fast enough.

My final problem (I feel like this post should be called “a million problems for one solution”) with learning how to do the dictation like this is that occasionally, I’ve looked down and seen that the recorder has just randomly turned off. I think that this is just something that I'm gonna have to learn to keep an eye on out of the corner of my eye while I'm talking. So I have now been talking into my phone dictation program for 11 minutes and I am going to transfer this text over to my computer and see how I did.

* * * *

Holy crap! So I'm back to the dictation after I transferred everything over to my computer (that only took about 30 seconds) and I did/wrote 621 words in 11 minutes. So now I can see how authors who use the dictation method are writing 2500 to 4000 words per hour. It seems really incredible to me, but I think I'm actually going to try it out for a real project.

But as I said this is going to be an experiment. I’m going to try to track my results on my blog. Also over the next few weeks, I’m going to start recording what I call “Building a Book”. And in that series of posts, I'm going to talk about what it takes for me write a book from start to finish. 

Hopefully, this will be helpful to other authors (although it is my process and everybody's process is different), but maybe, it will also be interesting for readers to see what goes into the crafting. I've gotten out of the habit of blogging during the past few years, and it's something I've really missed. In the past, blogging has helped me to work through ideas and hammer out how I'm going to work through things in stories, and I feel that it's something I really need to start doing it again. I hope that this ongoing blog series will be interesting and informative to you.

Go ahead and leave a comment below. Let me know what you think, if you’ve tried out dictation, if this bores you to tears… (No, don't tell me that)

Really I'd love to hear from you—although, I'm sure not many people come to my blog anymore because I am SO out of the habit. Hopefully I will see some of you soon!

Happy Reading!

~~Brynn

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's A Miracle

Good morning!

I thought I'd stop in with a post before diving into my morning writing. River and the boys over in Daly are awaiting my guidance on their second draft, lol. In my last post, I said this book was difficult for me to get into, and that's true, but once I was immersed in it, the initial draft was great to write. The emotions I needed to explore (and am still exploring) have been illuminating. Revisiting characters I love has been...a bit of a homecoming and it makes me excited for the new stories ahead. River and her sisters are in for a big surprise in this book, and that surprise will lead us in a slightly new direction with the series. Daly is growing and that growth is leading to new townspeople and new businesses.  

Speaking of growth, on the recommendation of several people, I've started reading The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod. Wow! What a book for helping you get more focused and get your life together. It's been interesting to me to see that I'd already implemented several of the techniques into my life, but well...you know...in a far less focused way. I think what it's really helped me to do is start sorting through all the things tangled up in my head. Trust me, you woudn't want a look in there. What a jumbled up mess. My brain never settles and it's not uncommon for multiple thoughts to be jockeying for attention at every given moment. Just practicing the six steps presented has helped settle that chaos a bit. I'd highly recommend the book.

I'll be back soon. Happy reading!
~~Brynn

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

So much...

If you've been a visitor here while I've been away, thank you for your continuing support. I navigated most of my info over to www.brynnpaulin.com and had planned to blog there, but it's not really working out for me, sooooooo... I'm back here.

Over the past year, so many things have happened. I hate to admit it, especially after I've been a firm believer of "there is no writer's block" but...yeah, I had it. For nearly two years. Serves me right, eh? This year has been a turning point. First with the greatly expanded On Your Knees then with my brand new book, Light My Fire. On Your Knees has been expanded so much that it now qualifies as a brand new book. It went from 25,000 words to 102,000 words. Yeah, that surprised me too! Light My Fire is a sweet little reunion book. I intended it to be around 12,000 but ended up around 25,000.

Currently, I'm working on a Daly book (Yay!). It's River's book with Seth and Tai. I have to admit, I had a little difficulty getting into this one. I'm not giving away any secrets by telling you I gave River a brain tumor. This book is far more serious than my normal offerings. It's about living and loving to the fullest. (DISCLAIMER: You all know I write HEA, right? There's an HEA in this one, too)

Readers of the series will get to meet (re-meet) all River's sisters and their partners (if they have them). Plus there are some new people coming to town. There are two more sisters, as well as, River's close friend, Madison, who will "star" in Something About Cowboys early next year.

I have quite a few other things in the works right
now, too, but those are staying under wraps until I'm further along. Suffice to say, I have a massive contemporary romance series getting ready for unveiling.

So...what else has been happening since I was regularly blogging? On a more personal note, I've had a relationship change that temporarily made writing romance a bit difficult. I've gone vegan (I've been vegetarian for several years) which has made writing cattle ranching in Daly a little difficult, as well. Both my kids have gotten "all grown up" and moved out. Wow! Being an empty nester is different, but I'm enjoying it to the fullest. I've now got the crazy dog lady starter pack (three dogs), and they're keeping me pretty busy. Oh, and I've started running. I'm pretty sure I look like a deranged brontosaurus and I would definitely be one of the first to go in the zombie apocalypse, but hey...I am out there running, something I thought I'd never, ever, ever do. And it's not so bad. I'm tagging my progress as #BrynnRuns so check it out for a laugh (or hopefully, eventually, inspiration...or just laughs. You never know with me).

Thanks for sticking with me. You all are amazing! More book news and thoughts are on the horizon (and will be posted here).

~~Happy reading!
Brynn

So much...

If you've been a visitor to while I've been away, thank you for your continuing support. I navigated most of my info over to www.brynnpaulin.com and had planned to blog there, but it's not really working out for me, sooooooo... I'm back here.

Over the past year, so many things have happened. I hate to admit it, especially after I've been a firm believer of "there is no writer's block" but...yeah, I had it. For nearly two years. Serves me right, eh? This year has been a turning point. First with the greatly expanded On Your Knees then with my brand new book, Light My Fire. On Your Knees has been expanded so much that it now qualifies as a brand new book. It went from 25,000 words to 102,000 words. Yeah, that surprised me too! Light My Fire is a sweet little reunion book. I intended it to be around 12,000 but ended up around 25,000.

Currently, I'm working on a Daly book (Yay!). It's River's book with Seth and Tai. I have to admit, I had a little difficulty getting into this one. I'm not giving away any secrets by telling you I gave River a brain tumor. This book is far more serious than my normal offerings. It's about living and loving to the fullest. (DISCLAIMER: You all know I write HEA, right? There's an HEA in this one, too)

Readers of the series will get to meet (re-meet) all River's sisters and their partners (if they have them). Plus there are some new people coming to town. There are two more sisters, as well as, River's close friend, Madison, who will "star" in Something About Cowboys early next year.

I have quite a few other things in the works right
now, too, but those are staying under wraps until I'm further along. Suffice to say, I have a massive contemporary romance series getting ready for unveiling.

So...what else has been happening since I was regularly blogging? On a more personal note, I've had a relationship change that temporarily made writing romance a bit difficult. I've gone vegan (I've been vegetarian for several years) which has made writing cattle ranching in Daly a little difficult, as well. Both my kids have gotten "all grown up" and moved out. Wow! Being an empty nester is different, but I'm enjoying it to the fullest. I've now got the crazy dog lady starter pack (three dogs), and they're keeping me pretty busy. Oh, and I've started running. I'm pretty sure I look like a deranged brontosaurus and I would definitely be one of the first to go in the zombie apocalypse, but hey...I am out there running, something I thought I'd never, ever, ever do. And it's not so bad. I'm tagging my progress as #BrynnRuns so check it out for a laugh (or hopefully, eventually, inspiration...or just laughs. You never know with me).

Thanks for sticking with me. You all are amazing! More book news and thoughts are on the horizon (and will be posted here).

~~Happy reading!
Brynn

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

His Old Kentucky Home


If you love Daly Way, Daly Connection is for you!

His Old Kentucky Home
Book 1: Daly Connection
By Brynn Paulin

Who says you can never go home? Sully Przkop, that’s who!

Ten years ago, Sully vowed never to return to Blue Grove, Kentucky and the family who’d betrayed him. Now, he’d built a new life, a life that includes the lover he calls Sir—Cord Sabatello.

Submitting to Cord in the bedroom sends fire zinging through Sully, but lately, life outside that bedroom is anything but perfection. The emotional distance between them has Sully wondering if Cord plans to say goodbye forever—especially now that 1400 miles separates them.

But Cord has other plans, and leaving his man to fend for himself in Kentucky, isn’t one of them. They need to find their way back home together, but will “home” lead them in different directions or will it lead them back into each other’s arms forever?

Available at: Resplendence Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks

Coming soon to: Nook

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's New? Winter Abandon!

Hi everyone! I'd like to introduce my new book, Winter Abandon. 

Eight years ago, the worst thing possible happened to Jedikiah Stoltzfus. He fell in love with his best friend—forbidden love that led to the worst torture an Amish could endure: shunning. Given the choice to forsake his love or leave, Jed chose to make his way in the “English” world, sure his lover would do the same.

Eight years ago, Yoseph Schrock made a terrible mistake. Believing Jed would claim to forsake him then find a way for their love to go on, he bent to the elder’s demands, willing to temporarily pretend repentance. Too late, he discovered he and Jed could never be together. Jed’s shunning would separate them permanently.

Neither man has forgotten the love they lost. When a twist of fate brings them together again, will they make the right decisions or will they find themselves separated once more, this time forever?





Happy reading!
~~Brynn

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tribute for the Goddess, Now Available!


Here's what it's about:

When Jett, Goddess of the Zodiac Quadrant, flees her home and the rogue god hunting her, she knows has one place to hide—Earth. She calls on her pledged servant, Thad, for protection. Thad, however, isn’t willing to jump to her aid. He’s served Jett for two hundred
years in a position he feels she tricked him into accepting. Now, he has conditions…

“Accept me as your god. You’re mine and you will obey me.”

It’s everything Jett’s wanted and completely forbidden. No mortal may touch a goddess without consequences. No goddess may indulge in her lust for her pledged servant without divine punishment. As her flight forces her into his arms, they break these laws of god and mortal to find a love that will never be allowed. Together, they fight her enemy, but in the end, their greatest enemy might be themselves.

The book is available HERE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Available Now: Strangers in the Night


I'd like to introduce my recent release: Strangers in the Night.

Blurb: The bar, Sin’s Door, has a reputation and McKenzie Stewart knows all about it. She’s been warned it’s nothing but a meat market, but meeting someone is exactly what she has in mind when she goes there one hot, September night. Little does she realize she’ll meet not one but two men and experience pleasure that keeps her coming back for more.

This book is available HERE

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book #50 Has Arrived!

I'm thrilled to announce Taken by Storm the first book in the Rising Storm series and my 50th book! It's available now at Resplendence Publishing and you can get it HERE.

The Storm brothers are coming to town and four men are about to be swept away by their lightning fast loving.

Barista Maddox Sinclair isn’t concerned by much more than finishing his degree, taking over his grandfather’s business and shedding the memories of the lover who left him behind to make it big in Hollywood. When a drenched stranger steps into the coffee shop, thoughts of school, homework and responsibilities fly from Maddox’s head for the first time in four years. All he can think of is this stranger’s vibrant blue eyes and the firm muscles showing through his soaked clothes. Suddenly, he wants a taste of something he’s avoided—but just a taste, nothing more.

Lost in an unfamiliar city, Rush Storm just wants someplace dry to wait for his handlers to find him—somewhere dry and free of paparazzi and the rabid fans, that is. He loves being the lead singer of Rising Storm, a group he formed, but sometimes, he’d just like a little peace. When he spies the man behind the counter of the tiny shop he enters, he knows all bets for peace are off. He wants a whirlwind of torrid passion…and that’s just a bit unsettling for a rocker who’s promised to keep his sexuality a secret.

~~ Brynn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coming Soon - His Old Kentucky Home

I've had so many people ask me about Sully and Cord that I just had to right their continuing story. People have also asked about the Moon and Pete wedding. I won't be writing about that, at least not from their points of view, though you will get to attend the reception along with Moon's sister, River, in Corralled and Claimed.

You met Sully and Cord in One for the Team and then again in Roped by the Team. But what will happen when Sully gets called away to his family home in Kentucky? Will Cord and Sully's relationship survive the separation and the intrusion of a man from Sully's past?

Note: This is a Daly Connection book, not a Daly Way. Daly Connection stories are related to the Daly Way series but do not contain the menage relationships featured in the Daly Way books. Additionally, they might not take place in the town of Daly.