Talk to Text

A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep.  I tossed and turned.  Turned and tossed.  Each time I thought I quieted my thoughts, they started up again.

I thought about my packing list for Newport that coming weekend.  I thought about my workout in the morning and my dinner plans the following night. I thought about the phone call I just had with my best friend.

I also thoughts about how much fun I was having teaching my cousin’s kids how to swim.  I couldn’t wait for the next one.  I started to think about how I wanted to blog about their swim lessons.  That lead me to think about the blog I read last week (Too Many Words) and how this boy and I were experiencing the same thing…except I didn’t have a mom around to remind me that my words would still be there in the morning.  Even this reminder couldn’t stop my thinking.  So what would get me to sleep soundly?!

So, at 3am I found myself still tossing and turning but this time I was drafting in my head.  When I realized what I was doing I tried to stop.  It didn’t help.  The thoughts just kept coming.

I grabbed my phone on my beside table.  My glasses were nowhere to be found.  Therefore, I just squinted until I found the talk to text button.  I started to draft out loud.  In the darkness of my room, I wasn’t even able to see what my phone was hearing me say or auto-correcting to.  I’d have to wait until the morning to see how the slice came out and then edit/revise away…


 To be continued (hopefully not in my sleep)…


8 thoughts on “Talk to Text

  1. Drafting in your head- I have done that so many times during a sleepless night… but have never been smart enough to use the talk to text feature on my phone … and inevitably the “Brilliant” writing I do in the middle of the night is totally gone in the morning! I love this slice.

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  2. What a great idea using your phone to get your words out and save them until morning. You captured that night of a busy writer’s mind beautifully. I will have to use the phone idea when Caiden cannot sleep. I can’t wait until your next post.

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  3. I have also written so many posts in my head in the night. I have never thought about talk to text – not a bad idea but I would need to get up and leave the room so I didn’t wake anyone but still not a bad idea. Hope you sleep better tonight.

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  4. Hooray for acting on the need to write! That’s when you know it’s real- when you can’t turn it off and the ideas come when you aren’t looking. I hope after your writing session, you were finally able to get some sleep!

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  5. This is evidence that you are living the wide awake life of a writer. The lightning struck and you used your phone to capture it! (that’s Don Murray/don Graves description of what happened to you! Thanks for sharing!

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