Voice to Text: Differences in Text Production Orally vs. Written

Using the online speech to text engine Speechnotes, (as a sidebar, speech to text programs have improved tremendously over the past two decades) I was challenged to orate a five minute story, unscripted. Then, after the script was done, analyze the differences between story structures made orally versus written.

Below is the unedited script

This is the first rough draft storyline for the games that I'm working on the best yes.

The game starts off hopefully with following your character and you start just outside High School. The idea is you have are already near you finishing graduation and when you're done you're not really sure what it is you're going to do when you can go to school night like that. So you need to learn some basic budgeting skills as well as I don't what exactly are you going to encounter in the real world when you get out there. Things like are you going to need a car are you going to need car insurance. What about phone bills what about utilities. What's up rent. Hopefully you'll be able to set this up to match your own specific situation as much as possible but I'll still be able to set it up so that you can hello further and extend and have some imaginative play inside this game to know where you could be if you chose to take a different path.

So you start off in your house and your current career or depending on when you go to university makes a big difference in how you're going to start your journey. If you start off University you are received taking a lot of debt but you have the ability to potentially have higher earnings than just come straight out of high school. If you just go straight to ice and going to a job you can start making money right away but you may not get into a crew that you're hoping for or it may not have it if you had gone to a university for a four degree.

After moving all that have your initials job setup you got a lot of other things. Scrambled into things like groceries own bills into internet bills into car insurance into health insurance to pay more you live in the world into student loans if you're going to take those. And when you factor in all these parts for a budget to know how much money we taking in and how much money are we spending and do we have enough to actually live and do the things that we want to do in life. If we go to do all those things you want to do or how much debt is that taking on but how do we teach legitimate struggle that comes in between of whether I want to do something so I put it on a credit card but it's not enough money to pay for it and how you earnestly get across that back feeling to make students actually no d&D experience quasi level of that dilemma the game of I want to do this logically the game it doesn't make sense because I take on debt real life I want to do this and I would end up taking on that debt regardless

  • What would you have done differently if you have had the chance to script the story?

Even though text to speech engines have greatly improved, there are still numerous mistakes here with incorrect word placements, rather than including the correct term. This is an obvious change.

Another would have been to have a rough outline of the story first, before going in and flushing out the details of specific parts. You can see in my writing that I wanted to flush out details of a section, then jump to another main section, before returning to flushing out further details haphazardly. I would have liked to plan out an outline before orating the story.

  • What are the most common "mistakes" in the text? Why do you consider these "mistakes"?

I believe that I would not have “jumped around” in the story as much as I did, coming back to finish one thought, then jumping forward to another. My spoken story seems disjointed. When I write, I am much more capable of keeping my thoughts in line and chunked together into clean sections. I have a tendency to ramble in my speech (and slightly in my writing as well) that does reveal itself as much in my writing. Often times I have a supporting thought to further back up a point made earlier, and in writing I can return to bolster up this idea, in speech, I cannot.

  • In what ways does oral storytelling differ from written storytelling?

I think that oral storytelling certainly provides more power to stories than writing does. With most of language, the actual words themselves only bring about 7% of the communication and tonality and body language take up the vast majority of the message brought forth. Writing loses the richness of this non-verbal communication; I think this is part of the reason why movies are so popular. They are capable of taking stories and preserving nonverbal communication in time, able to be repeated again and again. It is much simpler to become engrossed in a movie without the use of imagination than it is to become similarly engrossed in a book (if we were to take out the injection of ourselves into the scene through our imaginations).