Well good for you! Best of luck in the future! I'm trying to write a novel myself.
May I make a suggestion?
GET DRAGON SOFTWARE
Everything you say is typed into your word document. It's so easy, and it breathes your very own speech into the story! It's amazing, and can bring new life to books and such. Just saying, with Dragon at your side, things are just easier! It's also tons of fun. BTW, how do you get around to PUBLISHING books, is my main question... I'm currently sitting on a unique Idea, Just don't know how to get it out there....
Anyway, god I'm long winded at times! Good luck, may OPRAH Stickers rain all over you!