When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it's just four or five moments, but if out I'm reporting all day, I'll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often----
Then I transcribe the tape or have it transcribed by someone. Getting every word right isn't as important as having something on paper for each sentence that's been said, because to make radio stories, you edit by the sentence. For some reason in the radio biz we don't call these transcripts, we call them tape logs.
Then I print out the log and mark it up. Every possible quote I might use, I write a letter next to, A, B, C, etc. As I do this, on a single piece of paper, I make a list for myself of the quotes. So when I'm done, there's not just the tape log, there's a piece of paper with tiny handwriting on it, listing the quotes "A - he describes the old house, B - what it was like the moment he came home, C - his sister warned him," etc. Any quote that's especially promising gets an asterisk. Any quote I'm sure I cannot tell the story without gets two asterisks.
Bad dialogue explains. Good dialogue reveals. Great dialogue exposes what is unknown to those speaking. #amwriting pic.twitter.com/gxGFwEG1TRFound via a search for "#amwriting" on Twitter. And that from a review of a book review of "Working on my novel" (ah, the review was probably on Boingboing, but I have lost the trail.).
— The UnNovelist (@TheUnNovelist) August 4, 2014
Michele Birtel, excerpting from a book by Gary Provost and via Ed Yong:
Improve your writing, beautiful example: pic.twitter.com/n66rs6J2wg via @briandavidearp
— Michèle D. Birtel (@BirtelMD) August 6, 2014