It takes more than 10,000 hours and a few gray hairs to master this craft. Thompson faced adversity and failure on the road to becoming a writer.He was fired from in New York for damaging the office candy machine and arguing with one of the paper’s advertisers. Just ask Hunter: “As things stand now, I am going to be a writer.Thompson, in fact, was characteristically unafraid of vocalizing his opinions as a keen observer of and lively, if not hedonistic, participant in culture.
Persist Writing requires a lot of discipline — it’s a long tedious, slow, and agitating process.
It is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding to do what we do.
Use powerful verbs to paint a vision of what’s happening, and your readers won’t just understand it – they’ll it.
Engage your readers with powerful verbs and descriptions.
But it took Thompson decades to develop his stance, the germ of which can even be felt a 1958 letter to Jerome H. I don’t quite understand this worship of objectivity in journalism. but too many adrenaline rushes in any given time span has the same effect on the nervous system as too many electro-shock treatments are said to have on the brain: after a while you start burning out the circuits.
Walker — long before the term “gonzo” was even coined in reference to a 1970 article of Thompson’s — found in the anthology So much for Objective Journalism. Now, just flat-out lying is different from being Not everybody is comfortable with the idea that politics is a guilty addiction. They are addicts, and they are guilty and they do lie and cheat and steal — like all junkies. When a jackrabbit gets addicted to road-running, its only a matter of time before he gets smashed — and when a journalist turns into a politics junkie he will sooner or later start raving and babbling in print about things that only a person who has Been There can possibly understand. It takes me hundreds of hours a month to research and compose, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in what I do, please consider becoming a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good lunch. Claim yours: is in its twelfth year and because I write primarily about ideas of a timeless character, I have decided to plunge into my vast archive every Wednesday and choose from the thousands of essays one worth resurfacing and resavoring.
Go find your favorite book or author, sit down and use this peculiar practice to improve your writing.
Read out loud as you’re typing, and learn the fluidity of remarkable storytelling.
Even without sharing the same love for firearms or the deep animosity towards Nixon or the constant drug and alcohol use, any writer can learn a thing or two from this bizarre and vivacious writer.
He did this because he wanted to understand and learn the magic and flow of a great writer.