Many writers/Journalists have trouble coming up with a list of questions for their interview. They struggle to find basic questions pertinent to their topic. Some keep an arsenal of standard questions they can use to help break the ice, but what if you can’t decide what to ask? What if you are writing a scene with a journalist and have no idea about interviews? What if inspiration for the interview has evaded you completely?
Below is a writing exercise to get you in the right frame of mind for that interview or scene.
You've accidentally dialed the wrong phone number, but the person who answers sounds familiar. Immediately he/she recognizes you, but because you made the call you're too embarrassed to ask who it is. Using only dialogue, ask questions (interview) to figure out who you are talking too.
Remember to have fun with it, but keep in mind open-ended questions (has many possible responses) will get you more information than closed-ended (can be answered with a simple yes or no).
Good luck and Happy Writing!