A DOZEN INTERVIEWING TIPS FROM MONIQUE
Monique has interviewed hundreds of people – ranging from other authors to juvenile prostitutes and police officers. Here are some of her tips to help you get a great interview.
- 01When you write or phone to request an interview with your subject, let the person know exactly how long you expect the interview to take. Also, give the person an idea of the kinds of questions you’re likely to ask.
- 02Do your homework! Find out whatever you can about your subject before meeting him or her. Preparing in advance for an interview will show your subject that you are taking your assignment seriously. It will also allow you to come up with better questions.
- 03Prepare a list of questions before the interview. Begin with basic background questions, such as your subject’s date and place of birth. Work your way up to more complicated questions.
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CONSIDER WHAT SOME WRITERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WRITING:
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
- Ernest Hemingway
Writing enables you to enter places inaccessible in real life, even the most forbidden spaces. More than that, it invites you to take guests along.
- Ivan Klima, Czech author and survivor of Theresienstadt
I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s greatest rewriters.
- James A. Michener
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