I started out the new year doing my very first radio station interview, and despite the fact that I knew the interviewer was a fellow writer, and that she would be very supportive, I still felt nervous about it. After years of self-editing, it’s difficult to relax in a situation where you don’t know what questions are going to be asked and you have to come up with answers on the spot, while trying to sound friendly and intelligent.
After years of writing, I think editing has spoiled me.
I’m used to getting into that groove, where the characters take over, and my fingers fly across the keyboard seemingly like magic. I don’t worry about what I’m writing; I just let the story flow…because I know I can go back and edit everything. If I have missed something, or there’s a better way to say something, or if I have an awkward sentence, or neglected to make a plot point clear, I can fix it.
Not so in real life. You can’t edit out something you’ve said. You can’t add in what you should have said.
I think this is why I was nervous during the interview. No control, after years of exercising absolute dominion over my worlds and characters (and for some reason, I hear a loud Bwa Ha Ha following these words). But moving out of your comfort zone is always an exhilarating experience, and I’m hoping to do more of it this year.
So without further ado, here’s the interview, and I think it went rather well, although I could have shortened a few answers and expanded on others… :}