I just recorded this at NPR studios in SF on Friday. It’s an example of two styles of writing. I wrote a blogpost entitled “Hey Crazy Gun Nut Dude!” on this blog in bestbathroombooks style. Then I wrote this piece with the same subject matter for the Perspective series. (This is my fourth Perspectives). This more conservative and thoughtful style is the style they like. NPR Perspectives are heard by about two to three hundred thousand people a day in the Bay Area (as opposed to the fey hundred hits a day I get on my blog). That amount doubles when they play the piece on the weekend.
Once you click on the link, click on the blue highlighted title “I Give Up”. Then click on the yellow arrow above my pic for the two minute podcast.
Here’s what’s amazing: Pretty much every one of you who reads this blog–and the people who leave comments in my comment box–are more capable of writing these pieces than I am. And you can probably read it better.
There are eleven member stations across the US. Find the one nearest your geographical location, write a piece and submit it on line. It’s as easy as writing a blog post. It’s only 350 words, or about two minutes when read aloud. You should hear within a week if they accept it. If they don’t, the editor will most likely give you good feedback on what you need to do to fix it. They need pieces, and you (yes, I’m talking to you) are fully capable of throwing down some NPR ‘tude. It can be on any subject and the best part:
They pay you.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you and get writing. I’m betting you can smoke me like a double rack of baby back. With BBQ sauce.