This week’s word is: Verbatim
The word Verbatim made its way into English via Latin and it means, “in the exact words.” and is used when you’re copying or quoting someone or something ‘word for word, exactly.’
Verbatim in my week
This week’s word came up for me because several people on the NaNoWriMo website mentioned dictation as a way to write when they are short on time. I checked out the options they mentioned and transcription services are cost-prohibitive for me at the moment.
One electronic version, the Dragon app is good but it’s not quite ‘verbatim’ translation from voice to text. I tried it out and when I’m in a quiet place like my car while wearing ear buds with mic, it does a fairly good job of getting my words correctly. IDK if it actually saved much time because I had to edit/correct huge portions of it once I got back to my computer. It did make me feel way more productive however so while it wasn’t verbatim, I’ll definitely try it again.
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is the abbreviated name of National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month-long event for writers of all kinds. “NaNo” (Another common Abbreviation) takes place every November, and this is my first year of participation. Essentially, it’s a contest that you have with yourself to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. My “I Signed Up” post has more details about what I’ve pledged to accomplish this year.
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