Episode bonus: recording sound well
We scripted, and recorded, and edited this chunk of the episode, but then decided it really was too technical for the vast majority of listeners, and threw the narrative of the show out of whack. But for we few, we lucky few, we band of brothers…ahem…who care about audio quality…
Here are a few tips for how to set up and record with the broadcast-quality audio. Of course, this is far from a comprehensive guide. Go to Transom.org, and check out the Tools and Techniques tabs for much, much, much more.
There’s also a bonus for the bonus: some sage advice from Robert Krulwich.
This week’s challenge:
This week I want you to do an interview. Even if you’re writing fiction. (Remember my interviews with derby players?)
But before you do the interview, I want you to conduct a pre-interview or do research and map out major plot points and turning points. Create a list of questions. Think through “feeling questions”. Make your map. This map what you’ll post on the Out on the Wire Working Group, to get help building the best plan for your interview.
If you’re working on an idea story, where there is not necessarily a chronology to hang things on, first of all, look for one. But if that’s not working, figure out what questions are likely to produce major idea groups or plot points or facts. Search for anecdotal hooks you can use to help audience get through, and understand the stakes.
Put together your chronology, turning points, and list of questions for your interview into a post no longer than 300 words, and post it on the Working Group for feedback and further refinement before you actually do the interview.
Please, do NOT post your complete interview on the Working Group! We want to help everyone get set up for the best interviews, but we can’t do that if we’re getting 40-page interview transcripts to read.
Do post any questions you may have about the process, of course.
Next time on Out on the Wire
Join us next week for our You’re not Lucky, You’re Just Good workshop episode, and then in two weeks with Episode 6: Proof of Concept, where we finally put words on a page, find out what Buffy feels, and more.