The Emotional Sweats Never Did Anybody Any Favors. Need Proof? Here You Go…

How’s it going? I was interviewed last night on a podcast for the first time ever. I missed some points I wanted to get in, but overall, I think it went well.

It won’t be out of production for awhile though, and when it is, I’ll share the link.

I’m definitely not bragging at all (as you’ll see in a minute).

The host had given me kind of a “cheat sheet” of questions she was going to ask me. I did a little homework too, and listened to a couple previous episodes just to see how things were going to go.

The weird thing is, I had gotten obsessed with this preparation–not including sweating blood over it or anything, but I printed out the questions and my intended answers and reviewed them something like five times. So it was almost like “emotional sweats.” Like being outside in 90 degree heat, only the heat’s on the inside, being put off by you (or in this case, me and my nervous energy).

And I had gotten so nervous through the past two cancellations that things were verging on ridiculous (and it’s been proven to me in my own life that if I’m mega-nervous about something, 99% of the time, someone reschedules something, and I have nothing to worry about. It’s wild).

When I mentioned to the host that I thought she’d been experimenting with the format of the show (which it seemed like she had), she said basically…

“Oh, yeah. Those questions? I’m not going to be asking those.”

Yes, some of the concepts we were going to go over, but she didn’t want to be so rigid with it.

And there you have it, about 40% of the cheat sheet went down the drain.

Was it bad? No. But I was set up to do things (at least in my head) a certain way, and things turned out to be very different (I didn’t get to jaw as much about efficiency, for example, because by that time, I was just going with the flow and trying to answer what was in front of me).

I was thinking that I’d be able to get it all in, in one hour (ha!). That’s on me. Apparently I have too much to share for only an hour’s time, I dunno.

So some parts were prepared, and others weren’t–as a huge, huge planner, I’d let the spontaneity of the whole shebang disrupt me a little. Which I shouldn’t have at all–the host was nice, it was just her and me, and she was video interviewing me, she said, just so she could see me when we talked. And she was in an easy chair, for pity’s sake. That helped calm me way down. She said she was proud to be my first interview, which helped.

This whole thing was just like fiction and copy. You knew I’d say that, right?

Sometimes you have to plan for unexpected turns in fiction and copy, both for where you want to take your readers, and where the story itself wants to take you. Maybe on a second read you find that you want to emphasize different points, scrap a story altogether, or what-have-ya.

Or for some characters, Charlie Russell for example, it’d be better if another character told the story.

I have to be willing and more open to those changes, and then actually go through with them (instead of letting them whiz around my brain and not hit the keyboard).

So that was the wildness surrounding my interview experience. I hope you’ll be able to get more out of it when you can listen to what I actually said (instead of my report of what I said–it sounds weird when I say that).

Anyway…

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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