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Is there a way to write "whoa" so it appears drawn out as if the person stuttered from fear?  

Whoa  vs.    Whoaaaaaa

I think it's an eye thing.  Do you want to use a lot of =A=s or =O=s?  The latter would make the word look a lot like =who= and give the idea of an owl or a Marine!  

I'd stick with the =A=s, as you have it, because of the way the word looks with a drawn-out vowel.

Another option might be to choose another word so you can string out the vowel - - with luck, just one instead of two adjacent (which is what is causing your current problem in writing out the sound you wish!).  What about =ahhhhhhhh=?


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