We love direct speech.
As writers, nothing brings life to our work more the actual words people say.
Quotes, dialogue, comment — whatever you call it. We need the words of others to add emotion, opinion and drama.
Just try reading a book by the journalist and author Jon Ronson.
The man behind The Psychopath Test and others has made a career out of using direct speech to optimum effect.
But quotes mean handling interviews and therein lies the issue: sometimes interviews go wrong.
Try this clip, for example. Unluckily for the Channel Four News presenter Krishna Guru-Murthy, this car-crash celebrity interview has since gone down in history.
Next step forward Rhys Ifans. The Ruthin-born actor became legendary for all the wrong reasons a few years ago after a magazine interview turned into a study in interview hell.
Handling interviews is not easy and a skill only acquired through practise over time. That, and making mistakes.
We’ll be discussing how we use direct speech and how to get the best out of our interviewees at the next #WriteHereWriteNow meeting at Storyhouse, Chester.
Share your experiences and join the conversation before the next meeting by posting below.
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