Beating Writer’s Block: Interview Yourself

Interview Yourself

One thing no author can escape during the publication process, if he really wants to get his name out there, is an interview. Securing an interview can sometimes be difficult. The easiest way to find one is to be the interviewer yourself. In this chapter, that’s exactly what you’re going to do.

The purpose of this exercise is to help you figure out more about yourself as a writer. Below, I’ll list a series of interview questions for you to use as a template. I advise also writing other questions yourself. If you’re looking for more on top of that, too, you can check out the questions in the post on interviewing your character, which are also relevant to you.

  1. Can you describe your book in three sentences or less?
  2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
  3. If there was one author you would compare yourself to, who would that be?
  4. Do you have any particular writing rituals that you perform every day?
  5. Do you have a dream publisher? If so, who are they?
  6. What one piece of advice would you give to other writers?
  7. If you could only write in one genre for the next ten years, what would it be?
  8. What book do you recommend most to friends and family? What book do you recommend specifically for other writers?
  9. If you could interview any living person on any topic, who would they be, and what would you ask?
  10. Aside from writing, what other hobbies do you have? Can you write about it?
  11. What do you wish you knew before you started writing? (If you’re a published or self-publishing writer, what do you wish you knew before you published your first book?)
  12. How will you determine your own success as a writer?

Action Time! Read through each question, and answer them as fully and as honestly as you can.

Take your time. The more you can write, the greater your understanding of yourself as a writer will be. Remember to create your own questions, too. If you need help finding questions, look up other questions used in author interviews online.

This exercise should help you get to know yourself – as a writer – better. A greater idea of what you want from life, what you like to write about, what you know and wish you knew, and where you came from, will help you create a greater confidence in yourself. This confidence is key to beating Writer’s Block, as it will help you overcome any doubts you might have in yourself and in your book.

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About Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll is a writer, born, raised and still living in Dublin. By day he's a student and bookseller, by night he writes fiction and uses social media.
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