Have you ever read a great book and then YouTubed the author hoping for a great interview? If yes, sorry for your disappointment! I remember the first time I watched Anne Lamott being interviewed for her masterpiece Bird By Bird. Instead of listening to the eloquent words I was used to reading, I watched an awkward exchange decorated with incomplete thoughts and moments of strange hesitation. It was painful.
I am not Anne Lamott. Not even close. But I am notoriously awkward, so being interviewed without knowing the questions ahead of time is a recipe for long rambles and awkward pauses. The fact is Writers are not the same as Speakers. Writers are used to editing and constructing and thinking things through. Speakers are used to flying off the cuff. Speakers have the amazing ability to come up with brilliant, witty, intelligent sentences at a moment’s notice. How convenient!
Earlier this month I did a radio interview for a local podcast. A few days before it happened, my dad gave me some advice (he is in radio). He said: before you answer a question, take a beat and think about what you’re going to say. Don’t just start rambling.
Great advice! So I did the exact opposite. I ran at the mouth, said things I don’t mean, and came across as a self professed “expert” blogger who talks a lot about poop in a slightly pornographic voice. Excellent!
Anyways, here. And a big thank you to The Lancast for conversing with me despite my awkwardness and inability to finish a sentence. You rock.