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Wearing Many Hats: It’s Just About Wanting to Write, Featuring Guest Host Mick Halpin

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With author/playwright/journalist John MacKenna

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John MacKenna has done practically every kind of writing: novels, short stories, newspaper articles, ads, biographies, histories, documentaries. And yet he admits that after all these years, he makes only half a living from writing. If it’s so difficult to support oneself by writing, what’s a writer to do?

Join guest host Mick Halpin and John MacKenna as they explore the writer’s life and conclude that in spite of the difficulties, it is a wonderful life indeed. In this fascinating interview, John talks about:

  • What types of jobs he thinks writers should try to get, and why
  • How experiencing life in all its varieties can enhance your writing, even if it feels like you’re wasting time when you’re not writing
  • How doing different kinds of writing can enrich your work
  • How deadlines can help a writer
  • Why bestselling writers deserve our thanks as well as our admiration
  • Why you need to write even if you haven’t been struck by brilliance
  • Why all writing is autobiographical

Interviewee: John MacKenna
Host: Mick Halpin
Date: March 27, 2006
Running time: 44:05 minutes
File size: 35 megabytes
Rating: PG (some adult subject matter)
Mick Halpin’s Web site: www.mickhalpin.com

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Purchase John MacKenna’s books from Barnes & Noble by clicking on the images below:
Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica
Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica

Fallen and Other Stories
Fallen and Other Stories

Lost Village: Portrait of an Irish Village in 1925
Lost Village: Portrait of an Irish Village in 1925