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Breaking into Writing through Your Career
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With composer Patrick Smith, author of Gardner's Guide to Digital Sound Design


We all know how difficult it is to break into writing, but there's a great route you may not have considered: your career. This week we hear from one writer who, like Writing Show host Paula B., made the leap by writing about the thing he knows best: his work.

Patrick Smith is a composer, producer, keyboardist, and author. He has composed music for media for more than 20 years and has produced music for network television, films, and advertising. 

Among his credits are documentaries for Discovery Channel, dramatic television for Fox, and theatrical installation shows for Bermuda, Saudi Arabia, the State of Kentucky, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

He is the author of Gardner's Guide to Digital Sound Design and Career Diary of a Composer.

Join Patrick and host Paula B. as they discuss, among other things:

  • How Patrick came to write his books
  • What he struggled with as a new writer, and what he found easy
  • How much guidance his publisher provided
  • Why an author's personal voice is so important, even in a technical book
  • How he feels about writing now that he's got some experience under his belt.

Interviewee: Patrick Smith
Host: Paula B.
Date: February 17, 2008
Running time: 41:59
File size: 20 megabytes
Rating: Minor profanity

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