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J. Aday Kennedy Writing for Crumb Crunchers
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Are you Ignorant?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: blogging tip


The Key to Writing a Good Interview could be ignorance.

Several people have complimented my interviews of people on my blog. The key to my writing an interview people want to read comes from my ignorance on many subjects on writing for children. My ignorance is my best friend.



I write questions after I’ve found a need for an answer. First, I review author’s websites and their blogs. Do they have knowledge or experience I need? What can they teach me and my readers?


Let’s face facts. You may write well. Authors and artists may enjoy being asked questions about their books and life. Why do others want to read those interviews?

It may not be pretty, but people are motivated by self-interest. Make them laugh or cry and they might stay and read. Will that make them come back again and again?


Self interest. Isn’t that why you read a blog? Your self interest could be fueled by a number of things. It could be as simple as the desire to laugh, cry or be inspired. I read blogs for information. The need to know is what drives my self interest.


I satisfy my need to know by asking questions of people that know the answers to the how, what and why of writing for kids.


I signed my first book contract in September. My need to know centers around selling books. One of the ways to sell books, is to make presentations to children at schools.


In the month of November, I am learning about school visits. My questions come from my ignorance and need to know. Instead of worrying about what you don’t know, use it to your advantage.

Posted by j.adaykennedy at 10:32 PM CST

Friday, 5 December 2008 - 8:57 PM CST

Name: "Donna McDine"
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Jessica...great post and so very true.  Keep up the great work!


Donna -

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