NCoW Interview Questions

To ensure consistency among all NCoW interviewers, please use the questions below. All interviews should include (and perhaps begin with) question one, "Are you a writer?" Following that question, please choose 3-4 questions. The goal here is to gather a wide range of responses to these questions. Of course, follow up on responses that are particularly compelling, lively, and/or intriguing - use your instincts!

Before interviewing, be sure to read the NCoW technical specs, which include instructions for both conducting and filming interviews.

Are you a writer? Why? Why not?

Do you think of yourself as a "good writer?" What makes you think so?

Where do you write? At home? School? Library? Coffee shop? At a computer? At a table? On your phone? What are the different things you write at those places/on those devices?

What makes you want to write? What doesn't?

What steps do you go through when you write? What's your process? (Do you wait for inspiration? Draw? Doodle? List? Think? Something else?)

Tell me a story about a time that you wrote something really good or that you really liked.

Tell me a story about a time that you wrote something you didn't like.

What's the easiest thing you've ever written?

What's the hardest thing you've ever written?

Do you ever revise what you write? If you do, why do you? If you don't, why don't you?

Tell me about a time when someone helped you with your writing. What did s/he do?

Tell me about a time when someone didn't help you with your writing. What happened there?

Who reads what you write? What do they tell you about your writing? Does it affect the way you think about your writing?

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