Steering the Ship: Researching Tips for Writers
from Writer's Digest
500 pages. That’s the length of the transcript journalist Rachel Slade had to wade through in researching her 2018 bestselling book, "Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro." Assembled from 26 hours of audio pulled from a doomed ship’s data recorder — actual conversations between the crew and the Ahab-like captain — Slade had to sift through the transcription’s technical language to unveil these complex characters and their extraordinary situation, extracting quotes along the way.
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