193: The Aesthetics of Writing – Interview with Michael Imperioli

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the distinct pleasure of having acclaimed writer and actor Michael Imperioli on the show!

Though Michael is best known for playing Christopher Moltisanti in the The Sopranos, a role that earned him an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor, he is also an accomplished screenwriter. He wrote five episodes of The Sopranos and was co-screenwriter for the film Summer of Sam which was directed by Spike Lee.

While still acting and writing for film and TV, with several upcoming projects in the works, Michael has also turned his artistic talent to novel writing with his debut The Perfume Burned His Eyes.

Listen in as we chat about this amazing book, and how to know when you’ve found the story to take all the way to the end.


In this episode Michael and I discuss:

  • Finding your story and taking it to the finish line.
  • Adding layers to your story with a unique narrative framework.
  • When to use an epilogue and how to do it right.
  • The advantages of novel writing vs. screenwriting.
  • The fine art of book covers and why you need the right one.

Plus, Michael’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/193

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