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iPhone Writer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

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Credit: Eugene Matthews

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The techniques discussed are very likely applicable to other brands of smartphones and comparable mobile devices with similar applications. The iPhone is quite common and as such makes a good template to use in describing this process; and if you device has a camera or a means of copying and pasting images, you are in for a special treat at the end of this article.

The Five Step process I developed can be expanded or collapsed for use by any writer, in any genre. Thanks to the availability of free apps such as SpringPad, Evernote, OneNote and others, incredible collaboration on writing projects is now possible. At any rate the steps discussed should be considered descriptive, rather than prescriptive, for using this writing process.  

Step 1: Open the email application on your iPhone and prepare to compose a new message.

Step 2: Place the cursor in the body of the email message, and press the small microphone at the bottom of the screen to start dictation / transcription.

Step 3: Speak in a clear natural voice, in the way you would expect your writing to be read. Since most people speak much faster than they type, explaining details and complex processes becomes simpler.

This technique is also valuable for brainstorming ideas and solutions, by allowing the person to verbally "walk through" the process, to reach conclusions. The benefit of having ones ideas recorded provides the writer with the opportunity to later check their analytical processing style.

Note: For best results, use complete sentences and speak punctuation such as "comma", "open parenthesis - close parenthesis", and "period" to name a few. Also, as a result of the limited built-in processing speed, segment your speaking into 15 to 20 seconds bursts. This will allow the onboard processor a few seconds to decipher and transcribe what was said. In addition to spoken punctuation, other commands such as "new line", "copy", or "paste" may also be used. 

Step 4: To insert a picture, graph, drawing or other image into your writing project, press the home button once, and select your camera function. Choose the desired photograph or image and copy it by selecting the image and holding until a list of choices, such as select, select all, copy, paste appear.  

Step 5: Return to the body of your email message and move the cursor to the place within the message where you wish to paste the image you selected, and select paste. Once the image appears, continue writing by following steps 3, 4, and 5 until you finish writing.

Since the writing project is in an email message, there is no need for it to be sent immediately, nor is there an apparent limit to the size of the email that can be generated. However, for the peace of mind most e-writers crave, it would be best routinely email progressive portions of the project as it is developed to avoid inadvertent loss.

Similarly - using this technique, multiple projects can be pursued and the relevant writings can be emailed to specific accounts or other locations for final editing.  Although possible on the iPhone or similar portable mobile device, it is typically simpler to complete the final compilation and assembly using a word-processing program. 

I wrote this article on my iPhone!



Aug 22, 2012 7:14pm
Interesting, I've never thought about dictating an article using the email function of my smart phone. I'll have to try it. Good article, thumbs-up.
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