The Writing Prompt for this week comes courtesy of Kimberly Ripley, author of Freelancing Later in Life. Kimberly writes a twice monthly column, Freelancing for Pleasure and Profit, at Gather.com. Her tips and suggestions are realistic and accessible for the beginning freelancer, as well as those more advanced in their careers, wanting to sharpen their skills, or discover new markets.
1. Choose a newspaper article of interest.
2. Define the main subject of the interview.
3. Make a list of questions the journalist may have asked the subject in order to write the article.
This method of dissecting an article based on interview questions is sort of like reverse article writing. It gives prospective freelance writers ideas for turning interview answers into readable copy. Give this exercise two or three tries. It will help prepare you for interviewing and writing cohesive dialogue."
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from
. Freelancing for Pleasure and Profit appears twice monthly at Gather.com New Hampshire
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