Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small

If you've ever been nervous before interviewing someone, struggled to write a good lede, or just want some tips on handy tools for writers, this interview with Jonathan Small is for you.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #725

In this interview with Jonathan Small, long-time magazine writer and editor and the creator and host of the Write About Now podcast, we talked about how to conduct an interview, the secret structure that helps you write a great story (including a great lede), and digital and physical tools that Jonathan finds essential in his work as a writer.

Jonathan is an award-winning journalist, editor, and podcast host and producer based in Los Angeles. Write About Now features interviews with successful writers about their lives and stories. Jonathan has written for The New York Times, TV Guide, Cosmo, Details, Maxim, Good Housekeeping, and many other outlets. Before moving to LA, he worked in New York as executive editor of Stuff, Glamour, and Fitness magazines. 

Mignon was also recently a guest on Write About Now.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.