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Interview Yourself: A Writer's Challenge

Updated on October 21, 2015
Interview Yourself
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Hello Friends

I've been writing for Hubpages for two and a half years and have met friends from all over the world. Some of the writers on this site have become very dear to me and I would give anything to meet them in person. However, since I have followers from every continent except Antarctica—still waiting for ATT to install wi-fi—I could spend a lifetime travelling to meet you.

I know most of you from your bio's, the topics you write about, your personal blogs, and the forums—but do I really know you? Some of you I would love to sit down and have a cup of tea with and talk about writing, your life story, and the things that light a fire within your soul.

Here's our chance to have a virtual cup of tea. Biscuits included.

Will you join me for a cup of tea?
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Inside the Actor's Studio

I find the show Inside the Actor's Studio to be very fascinating. James Lipton interviews famous Hollywood stars in front of a class of New York film students. He's a no frills interviewer and tries to get to the core of who his interviewee is. One interesting aspect of his show is that he asks every person on his show the same questions.

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Some joke around with the questions, but when they take it seriously, it gives the audience a new look into what makes them who they are.

What his show reveals is that these people are just normal human beings who are famous for being good at their craft. They have very similar desires and love many of the same things we do.

If you've never watched Inside the Actor's Studio, you should watch this!

Why Interview Yourself

I love watching interviews with interesting people. I want to know what they've learned in life, where they are on their journey, and what obstacles they have overcome. There is something about honesty that stirs something inside of me.

I have a strong belief that we walk through this life drastically misunderstood. The more I get to know someone, the more I begin to understand their lot in life, and the less judgmental I am of them.

I really truly believe that if we took the time to better understand one another, the world would be a much more peaceful place. From my travels and having international roommates, I have discovered that how I can interpret someone can be vastly different from who they really are.

Interviewing yourself gives you the opportunity to represent who you are to the HubPages community. For a humorous view of this, check out Writer Fox's A Fox Fairy Tale: The Writer Fox Story.

There are two benefits to interviewing yourself:

1. It Will Build Your Writer's Platform

Here is a chance to tell the writing community who you are, what you like to write about, and what legacy you want to leave behind. It is a way for your readers, and the HubPages community to get to know you as a writer and author. It is a way for your readers to connect to you on a personal level.

2. You Will Learn More About Yourself

Learning to communicate your aspirations and your life story is a useful endeavor for job interviews, the back cover of your novel, or for personal use. If you've been a closet writer and you've never declared to the world that "I AM A WRITER!" then here is your chance.

You've probably heard of job placement services prompting potential employees to create a 30 second advertisement for why you're the best candidate. It's great to use when meeting with other professionals on the train, in the elevator, or at the watercooler. This interview may help you create a micro-biography for yourself.

Interview Yourself

Let's face it, People magazine or The New Yorker, probably won't be knocking on your door this week, so here's your chance to interview yourself and show the world who you are.

Here's how the game is played:

Privacy Protection

After all, you will be posting this for the whole world to see, so keep in mind that what you say on the internet never goes away. Family members, potential employers, and the IRS will all see it.

For your own protection, be wise about particulars like your specific place of employment or your neighborhood. We don't want any stalkers or creepy people. If you wish to remain behind an avatar, I will have no hard feelings.

Keep it Family Friendly

Although honesty is encouraged, keep topics like physical abuse to a minimum. Save bearing your whole soul for your memoir.

Show Us Who You Are

What do you like to write about? What do you do when you're not writing? Do you have any interesting cultural background? Do you have any obstacles you've overcome? What's your view on life? What has made you who you are?

My Questions

In the spirit of Inside the Actor's Studio, it would be really awesome if the participants of this challenge, would create a hub text section titled: Challenging Questions

Challenging Questions

The following questions can be copied onto your Interview Hub.

In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?

What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

What inspires you?

When did you first realize you were a writer?

What inspires you?
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The rest of the interview is up to you. Have fun with it!

You get to play the character of interviewer. It will be very interesting, on a psychological level, to see what questions people ask themselves. It's fiction meets non-fiction. You are creating a character, while being yourself. I'm really excited to see what you come up with.

Do it like a real interview and bold the interview questions, so it is clear who is speaking. Here is an example.

Dragonfly 6000, who is your mentor?

My grandfather is the most influential person in my life. He is strong, courageous, and loves people in a very genuine and humble way.

If you would like to see an example, I have created one for myself.

A Guy Interviews His Younger Self. Hilarious!

If you decide to take me up on this challenge, then leave a comment below, so I can add you to the link box. Title your Hub "Meet (your Hubpage's name)"

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I think I can do this. It just might be fun to find out my answers along with everyone else. Great idea, Jen. Count me in and I'll post it next week. Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, you are so creative in the challenges you come up with ... this is great and I look forward to reading those who I may not already know, especially.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Jennifer, this is certainly an interesting challenge and unlike anything I have one before. I do like to to take up the different challenges presented but not sure if I can do this, or if I would be a very interesting interview subject. I read yours for example and it is amazing. I shall give it deep thought and we shall see what transpires. Great idea though.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      A very intriguing challenge! I am sure you will get many participants and I look forward to reading these.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Another brilliant challenge! Certainly a reflective one as well. How much do we know about ourselves that we can share with others?

      Yes, I'll take up this challenge and I'll let you know when.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Well I loved reading this hub. Keep up the great ideas and thoughts !!

      All Hails

      Peace

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      very interesting, voted up and sharing!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm looking forward to reading those who publish this and I'll do my best to come up with my own.

      Good idea. Used to do something similar to this with my dyslexic students; some were hilarious!

      Thanks for another challenge and a very different one!

      Ann

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Bill, I can't wait to read it--you've led a very interesting life.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Faith Reaper, there's no time limit this time!

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Jodah, I'm sure you've got loads of interesting material. I'd love to know that it's like to live in Australia.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks tillsontitan, I for one, want to know how you came up with your avatar name. I'm looking forward to your interview.

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I'll give this one a try--probably void of videos and pictures.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for letting me know you have another challenge I can take part in.

      Glad there's no time limit on this one, as I need to do some research especially in my brain.

      Also by taking part in it I get a chance to read all the other articles that are written on this "Interview Yourself" Looking forward to it.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, bless you on the no time limit, especially for me at this moment in time! LOL However, I have been pretty much an open book here on HP via my hubs, profile, comments and in an HP Interview already. I will have to think about what I have not already shared here that would even interest anyone : )

      I see I missed your Interview ... going now!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This was fun! I did it, and just posted the response hub this evening (11-20-14).

      Your hub was very interesting, and the actor's studio clip was hilarious, though I had to admit to shedding tears through the laughter at the bits featuring Robin Williams.

      Voted up, interesting and funny.

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      Maree Michael Martin 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Considering I threw my "On Writing Well" book in the garbage the year before I started on Hub Pages, I like the idea of this challenge. A wonderful idea I am up for it.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I love a good challenge, my hub is entitled Challenging Questions - Answered by Tillsontitan aka Mary Craig

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      No sooner posted than edited! As soon as I hit 'publish,' I realized I had a couple of other things I meant to toss in, but it was late and I was too tired, so I fixed those today. LOL

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Dizzy Miss Lizzy, I loved reading your interview. Thanks for joining in on the challenge.

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      This is a very well presented hub. I'm having second thoughts about participating, since I'm about to start my third attempt (too many facets to my being).

      Voted Interesting.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Elsie, I am also really looking forward to reading some of the other interviews. It's fun to get to know other writers.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Faith Reaper, I'm sure you've got something up your sleeve.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Mary, I loved your interview and have added it to this Hub's link box.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Marie, I hope you get a chance to finish. Hubs can always be edited later, so no harm done if you don't like your final product.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have completed my interview Jennifer. It is called "A Chat With Jodah".

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      It's fun getting to know fellow writers. Oftentimes, it leads to great friendships. I just may take you up on your challenge.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Okay with reading everyone that has posted the challenge. I am hooked.

      I will try to get it completed this weekend. I still have two other hubs I am trying to finish. What a wonderful idea. :-) On to read a little about you. Happy Thanksgiving! You are so cool. :-) Shalom

      Up all the way and across the board. Shared too.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great hub, i need to know more before i could interview myself

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I believe that I would try this except that I do not have any cameras (cell phone, etc.) and my only photos are a few Christmas shots from a few years ago.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Okay, I have completed my interview "

      Interview Jo_Goldsmith11 –Interviews Writer’s Challenge

      Thank you for the neat and Inspirational idea! Have a good one. :-)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Have just published my response to this, entitled 'Meet 'annart'...'

      I enjoyed doing this so thanks for the challenge. You've had some good responses too.

      Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

      Ann

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      To be honest, as I've seen these hubs on interviewing oneself I thought it was kind of dumb, but I just read your challenge and thought, well, why not. It's a challenge if it's out of my comfort zone so Sign me up.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      I've read a few of these interviews you challenged. Thinking about doing it myself.

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      Chris Desatoff 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Jennifer. Okay, so I just published mine. Thanks for coming up with such a great idea. =)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Jennifer, I'm quite late, I'm sure. But I'm going to write my interview for the challenge. If you've already wrapped this up, I'll just post it in my profile.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks Jodah, I loved reading it and added it into the link box.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Bravewarrior, I hope you take it on and meet new friends.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Peach, just read some of the examples. You can talk about whatever you want.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      The examiner, no worries about the pictures. Use a picture from the internet of the city or state you live in. The purpose of the project is to write and learn about each other. I hope you try it.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Ann, what a wonderful addition to this challenge. I added you to the link box so others can read it.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Chris, I loved it and have added it in!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Wow, what a challenge this turned out to be! If you're interested in a hubber you don't really know yet, http://shanmarie.hubpages.com/hub/Meet-Shanmarie-I...

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Jennifer, for your comment and for the link!

      Ann

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      After reading so many creative and interesting interviews, I decided to write my own. It's called "Meet Country-Sunshine". Thank you for the challenge!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great idea, but my natural reaction was to hesitate. I am now in the process of finishing up my interview and I am truly thankful you put us to the test. I learned a lot about myself. Just looking for some cool old-school pictures and then mine will be published :)

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Shanmarie, Yes, it has been a wildly fun adventure. I loved reading your interview.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Country-Sunshine, you put a little sunshine into my day. Thank you for gracing us with your beautiful words. I added yours to the link box.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Mdscoggins, I hope that you finish it up so we can read it.

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      I enjoyed reading the response to the challenge - very interesting and nice to learn about other hubpage authors! Is it too late to join in? (Maybe in the next few days so I have time to write a little something?)

      Thanks! God bless you...

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Motherofnation,

      It's not too late to join in; I would love for more HP authors to participate.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Jennifer,

      I am about to publish my interview challenge, here is my URL:

      http://hubpages.com/hubtool/edit/4541775

      I hope that you like it.

      Kevin

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Jennifer, so glad that I was able to find this hub. Bill Holland sparked my interest in this challenge. It is through his hub that I was able to find yours. What a great challenge you posted to all of us writers. I loved it and did mine as well. So happy to see your links to others who participated in the challenge! I'm looking forward to reading about everyone's story. Have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks Kevin, you did a fantastic job and I have added yours into the link bank.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Lawdoctorlee, I'm so glad you were able to join the challenge. Sorry it took me awhile to get caught up on my comments. I hope to see many more great pieces of writing this year.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for adding my response to the "link bank." I'm honored. Keep up the fantastic work.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm still working on this challenge, having a bit of a problem, it's harder than you think to interview your self. Maybe it's because I have just started writing stories in the last few months.

      I won't give up, will persevere with it.

      I will go back and read a few of the links you have here to see if I can get some ideas. Thanks

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Keep at it Elsie, you are a very interesting person and I'm sure you have tons of stories to tel land wisdom to share. I really hope you finish it.

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      Charlie Claywell 2 years ago

      Hi Jennifer, I took you up on the challenge. Great idea! I have been working my way through your articles, you are very creative and talented. Keep up the good work.

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I just took your challenge! I don't know if I did it correctly but I called it "Meet Kylyssa Shay - Answering Availiasvision's Challenge."

      Thank you for this prompt. It made me consider things I hadn't really thought of before.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for this inspiring challenge. You have inspired me, because I was having hubpage writers block, so to speak. This challenge will be easy for me, because I have been interviewed before. It's now Easter and I have some time on my hands, so I will soon post mine.

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I came here after reading Nadine May's interview of herself and a few others and it is certainly an interesting idea however I'm still a little skeptical about exposing my true name to the masses . . . will have to ponder that one if I choose to take the challenge.

      I too enjoy Lipton's Inside The Actors Studio series and have made friends with quite a few writers all around the World and even have some addresses if I ever choose to meet them.

      When writes about controversial subjects and conspiracies as I do, it makes one wonder if revealing my true identity might do more harm to my friends and family, that is the main reason I went with an avatar.

      I personally don't care what people think of me but many other people I know tend to shy away from such subjects and have voiced their concern about what I'm allowed to discuss in their company, so if revealing the true somethblue would hurt others I would not do it.

      On the other hand I detest censorship of any kind and accept that honesty is the best policy . . . your thoughts on the matter would be much appreciated?

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      Jennifer Arnett 21 months ago from California

      Charlie, thanks for the kind words. It means a lot to me as a writer. I looked for your challenge piece and couldn't find it.

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