Transcribing Interviews — A Question

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I often record interviews with people when I’m researching a book, and I’ve noticed that very few people speak without using “fillers” in their sentences. (things like “um,” “uh,” “like,” “you know,” and repeated words). They often appear in speech as a way for speakers to slow their speech long enough to come up with …

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The Doofus Character

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Sometimes readers will more easily accept the premise if they understand what’s happening from a technical point of view. To achieve that without a huge info dump a frequent technique used in movies is to have someone who doesn’t understand ask a question. My wife and I refer to that person as The Doofus Character. …

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