5) When a writer is assigned a story
by an editor, he or she is usually told how long the story needs
to be, who to interview, and even what questions to ask! Not much
room for creativity there!
Interviewing can be fun, though, and sometimes interviewing your
characters is how to come to decisions about them. They tell you what they are like.
Make up a character, an imaginary friend. Give this friend a name
and a car to drive.
Now, your editor has assigned you a feature story about why people
choose to drive the cars they do. You need to interview 5 people,
and your first interviewee is your imaginary friend.
down 3 questions you would plan to ask ALL your interviewees about why
they drive their cars. (practice on your parents to help figure
out good questions, if you like)
your imaginary friend these questions.
up the interview as you would for that part of the story -- and you
only have the space on the form to do it. Not any longer.