The Dragon, the Mouse, and Losing My Voice

This week’s post is going to be rather brief. I don’t know if what I have is actually called laryngitis but I’m definitely losing my voice and my throat hurts. That leads me to perhaps the greatest challenge for a writer who relies on dictation. What happens to work when you can barely squeak out enough sound to make Dragon hear you over the fan that’s attempting to make a muggy June morning feel cool?

I can already tell that Dragon is making more errors today than usual. It’s used to my pronunciation, the volume of my voice. Today I just don’t sound like myself. My brain is in good working order. In fact, I have a ton to say and feel rather frustrated that it’s painful to do so.

This is when I wish Dragon had the ability to dictate what I’m thinking and not just what I’m saying (though I can see how that would often get me into trouble). For now I will close this brief post, enjoy the relief that not talking brings for this sore throat, and store up all of my writing ideas for a day when I can speak loud and clear.

Question of the week: when I teach writing to college freshmen, I encourage them to find their own “voice” as a writer. What’s the relationship between the voice produced by vocal cords and the one conveyed in writing? In other words, what’s the relationship between speaking and writing?