Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Beauty of Text to Speech

Today is my first post, and I'd love to share with you one of my favorite little tricks.

If you're a writer of fantasy/paranormal/SF chances are you've probably created a word or two. But have you ever questioned what your new word sounds like? I know I have.

MS WORD has a feature called Text-to-Speech. If you're not sure where it is, I've created some handy screenshots.

Click up here and go down to more commands



Now we'll add the command to the toolbar. Go to All Commands and scroll until you find Speak. Click Add, Okay



Once you have the command added to your ribbon, you can select a word/sentence/paragraph and hit the speak command and the computer will read your selection.




This is also a great tool to use when editing. Sometimes when we write, the sentences in our head may sound different than what they actually are. I've used the speak command to check sentence structure.

I hope you found this tip useful!

                                Know any tricks yourself? Post them below!




24 comments:

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    1. The computer's voice isn't the greatest, but it does its job!

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  2. Awesome! Like you said, especially for fantasy/urban-fantasy writers! Thanks for the tip, Eliza!

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  3. I love this! I didn't know about this trick. Thanks so much for sharing it, Eliza!

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    1. Haha! I just tried it and it works. Sweet!

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    2. Isn't it awesome? And if you're feeling down, you can give yourself your very own pep talk!

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  4. I had no idea that was on Word. Thanks! :)

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  5. I didn't know about this. How fun! And thanks for introducing me to YA Stands, Eliza. I'm a new follower. :)

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  6. I've tried this on my computer and kindle. It works, but I hate how it sounds so much. It makes me sad to hear my emotional story told with no emotion.

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    1. LOL. the kindle has the male or female voice option...both aren't that nice, but it gets the job done.

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  7. This is so cool! The voice may not be great, but it gets the job done. LOL.

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  8. I've been using iSpeech for converting my word documents and PDFs into speech using TTS for a while and it's been really useful. Their voices are a lot less robotic and more human sounding than most voices(especially stock Microsoft ones). http://www.ispeech.org/free.text.to.speech.tts.software

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  9. Very cool! I will have to try this soon.

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    1. You must. It's fun listening to someone, even a robot, read your story.

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    1. And I know the perfect story to test it out on ; )

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    1. glad you like it. Make sure to test it out and let us know what you think : )

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  12. Hi Eliza,

    Is there any online text to speech apps that offers the highest quality(TTS) service you know? like have a features human like voices and create an easy to use platform, that allows users alternative methods to process written information.

    I heard about some online text to speech apps are just like extensions in mozilla and chrome.

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  13. Basically this site is a text editor. You can play around with it. The coolest thing about it is that it takes speech over commands.

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