Eric, welcome to The Correspondent, I am very much looking forward to reading your work. One question — will you make the rising environmental impact of animal agriculture a central part of your reporting? Many people don’t consider the impact that their diet has on our climate, and I think drawing clearer links here may help some rethink what goes on their plate…
Beautifully put — This whole thing has torn me up more than just about anything else that has happened over the last two years, mainly because, in addition to disempowering women, it has completely exposed the moral turpitude and the complete lack of accountability, checks, and balances in the Republican party. I mean, I always *expected* that, I just didn’t think they would be *quite* so blatant.
I’ve written over 400,000 words across over 350 articles, so far this year. No novels, or stories, or great, inspiring leaps of imagination —just well-researched, targeted, writing tailored to client and audience needs.
Writing itself isn’t that hard —it’s having the *confidence* to write and ask to be paid (well) for it…
All the while nodding and smiling politely. In addition to avoiding meetings, being self-employed sounds great for avoiding religious discussions. For me, atheism came after self-employment, which sounds like a good way to do it.
I think one of the issues here is that when people come into the world of writing, they’ve been sold the idea that “writing is easy.” After all, what qualifications do you really need to call yourself a writer? Just throw some words down onto a page or into a document, and there you have it — writer!
And it’s not even like that is asking for a lot. All we want is just the tiniest bit of nourishment — a comment, some feedback, a recognition that the experience we’ve shared means something to you. Sometimes, knowledge is hard won, and it’s just a case of saying “Thanks.” That’s all — just that one simple word. It means more than you think. Really.
Yes! Spin the thread of your thinking into metaphor — weave words together into whole cloth. Create a tapestry of beauty that speaks to everything you’ve been through, your hopes for yourself, and every thread you pull upon as you make your future.
Writing is iterative too. It’s a muscle that needs to be exercised. The more you write, the better you get. The better you get, the easier writing becomes. And because you like a challenge, you seek out writing work that will stretch you further. You live a life worthy of a tale, and you create the words to do it justice.