I imagine that determination is the secret to success in life. Maybe 99 of people have the natural aptitude to become good writers, but probably no more than 1 really do the hard work and find the determination needed to develop that capability into an actual skill the way Theroux has done. Wade may be part of that 1 someday. Writing isn't my interest (pay is too low), but to succeed in anything you have to be really determined. Tommy T
"I am extremely experienced writer. "
With a 6th grade grasp of English grammar.
Despite what you say, this does dilute your effectiveness as a professional communicator and writer.
English grammar exists for a reason.
I write in an enigmatic tone and voice, often confuses the people who only value in life is to be an editor, never the writer.
I imagine a really great writer who does freelance or books or whatever has to have a curious sort of personality that always keeps their mind humming with ideas they forever juggle and it is almost like a addiction, in the fact they feel this tremendous desire to put it to pen and paper. My grandaughter was given a electric typewriter, word processor for Christmas and she is holed up in her room every spare minute she has writing something till it drives her family crazy. My birthday gift to her was a 1,000 sheets of typing paper which seemed like gold to her. Ideas and words going into print has a way of going together like horseshit and flies. True writers just cannot sepurate them.
Intriguing post! I just finished re-reading Dark Star and Theroux's writing makes me swoon. Because he exists, I imagine it would stop many writers from even trying. Not unlike painters it's tough to be a serious painter after Picasso.
Now about your writing!?! I call it "Andyspeak" and I believe it is a secret to your success. It's baffling and at the same time compelling.
If you need more writers im interested. I live in the Philippines and am a transplanted American. Ex military on a small budget here, so I would be motivated to write however often you needed.
You said to me once a long time ago when I first began writing online: "You will never fail until you quit."
I remembered these words because they are true, you can't fail until you quit -- ever, at anything.
Perhaps working daily is more a way to keep away failure for another day, rather than a bid for success haha.
I jest, but I know that it is in the WORK that success occurs, not in the end result.
What you do especially, Andy, is put the "free" in freelance writing. This is the key, I believe to enjoying what you do to the point that you can do it daily. If you write for yourself, if you are not hung up over your words -- don't waste too much time scanning for typos out of a fear of keystroke errors, if you use words to your own end -- then it is easy to work hard all day long writing. It is easy because it is enjoyable. We have no editors, nobody telling us what we can write and what we can't, nobody turning down our manuscripts, nobody mangling our words. Yet people still read. This is truly freelance writing.