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October 23, 2007 10:20 PM Subscribe
I need to come up with interview questions to ask a writer.
posted by thehmsbeagle to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be interviewing a fairly successful writer, and would like some questions that aren't what I'm coming up with by myself ("So... do you like sushi? What kind? Cool.")
Is there a way journalists structure good questions? Is there a list of them somewhere? Can you give me some examples of good questions (so I can steal them from you?) I would like to find a dozen or so questions that are open-ended enough that they'll elicit more of a response than "Yes." but not so vague they're essentially the Terry Gross-style "Tell me about being a writer."
Subjects I would like to address are the person's work, background/how they came up as a writer, and future plans.
Google thinks I want to know how to ace a job interview, no matter how I rephrase my query.
Thanks! I'm embarrassed I'm asking a question again, just a week after my last one. Apparently I need a lot of help at the moment.