Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Literary Journalism Blog - 2

Below is another excerpt from my lit journ blog for class. It’s about my first interview – or at least my first interview for the class. I interviewed Connie Valentine, owner/founder of Hair Technicians in Camp Hill, PA.

From my Literary Journalism blog

Connie spent over two hours speaking with me about her business and the hair replacement industry. I have so much information I think I could almost write a book! In fact, Connie said she's thinking about writing a memoir about her experiences, maybe after she retires. I think she should.

It took me a long time to go over my notes from the interview, and luckily I tape recorded the whole thing, and my tape recorder didn't fail! That has happened to me before - it's brutal. Combing through my notes I had to further narrow down my angle. Connie gave me a lot of in depth information about the hair replacement industry and its history, but because this article is supposed to be centered more on the business itself I decided not to write much about the industry history, even though it's really interesting. She told me about this "mafia" (her word) of Italian men who sold wigs and hair pieces from the trunks of their cars. They invited her to an exclusive party where they proceeded to tell stories about how they broke people's fingers and legs if they didn't buy from them. Now that would be a great detail for a story. It just doesn't fit in the one I've decided to tell.

From a combination of what I've learned in Feature Writing so far, and from writing the College of Arts & Sciences newsletter, I think I'm beginning to look at the world in a whole new way. I see everything, even the smallest, most insignificant things, as potential stories or details for stories. As a creative writer, you'd think I'd already be viewing the world this way, but for some reason I never have before. I like this way of seeing things.

3 comments:

Alpha Za said...

For the Love of God, write a posting on the Wig Mafia. It sounds hilariously horrible.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

I have a feeling this journalism class is going to enrich your creative writing.

Yep! Those bizarre and little known details will truly inform your story.

Anonymous said...

Finally! Ha.