January 30, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
Interviews are a great way to add interest to a blog post. They offer a variety of angles for a story or article. Reflecting on the interviews I’ve done, I realized that I’ve gained a lot from the experience. These items top the list:
Authors are Real People – I have long held authors in high regard, and rightly so. They are a talented bunch. But guess what? They are more down to earth than I expected. Fame and writing talent haven’t spoiled them. They experience ups, downs, and everything in between. Knowing this sets me at ease, and makes me realize that with creativity and hard work, our goals are attainable, whether it’s a freelance career or published novel.
Everyone’s Work Habits are Different – There is a common notion that writers must write daily. Not so. Some writers crank out thousands of words each day, but for others, nary a word hits the page until the weekend. There are early morning writers, night owls, and ones who snack on chocolate while hitting the keys mid afternoon. You know what? They all get it done, writing in a way that best suits them. And we can too.
It Expands Horizons – Assembling content for an interview stretches me. It is important to create engaging questions that will draw interesting answers and useful info for readers. Brainstorming and examining the writing industry from various angles helps me assemble info, appreciate different viewpoints, and hence, ask better questions.
Sage Advice – Talk about a walking resource library! These gifted wordsmiths could publish volumes. I’ve gleaned valuable insight on freelancing, research, critique partners, character development, publishing, novel writing, and much more.
Encouragement – The heartfelt thoughts of an experienced writer offer candid and wonderful insight. Quotes like “Persevere even when things aren’t going well,” and “Rejection is not fatal,” ring in my ears for weeks after an interview. Gems like these season my perspective and writing, and encourage me to keep moving forward.
Have you ever used an interview for an article or a blog post? If not, I encourage you to try it. It’s a great experience!
Karen Lange is the author of Homeschool Co-ops 101, a freelance writer, and online writing instructor for adults and homeschooled teens. She loves hockey, dark chocolate, and playing with her grandson. Connect with Karen on her Blog, Twitter, and Facebook.