I find freelance writing fascinating in that someone can go out and write a story without having a name behind them. I had always thought that reporters simple worked for a newspaper or magazine and because they worked from them, they went out and wrote those stories. This chapter in Telling True Stories completely opened my naive eyes to what journalism really is; telling someone a story. I found Samantha Power's section, Crossing Over: From Advocacy to Narrative the most compelling section. She fully analyzed her book from a readers perspective and what will make a reader pick up her book. I really liked that. My favorite line she said was "Don't ever write a book merely for the sake of having done it; there is plenty of other essential writing to be done." This quote really made me take a step back and think about myself. I have always said I wanted to write a book before I die, but now thinking about I can't see myself having the drive and passion for one particular topic. Maybe I'm too young to even be considering this but it now is a thought I will have to think about.
I found the interview with Sebastian Junger enjoyable as well but couldn't find myself to relate with him as much as some of the authors in Telling True Stories. I do want to pick up a copy of The Perfect Storm and read it now, but I found his approach to life a little interesting. I can understand staying true to yourself, but the way he described receiving a lot of money as a bad thing really puzzles me. Doesn't everyone like money, and he is concerned with having too much of it? hmm. I don't think I could ever have that problem, but I guess that's just me. Anyways, I did like what he said about giving himself time to begin writing a second book, and thought that correlated with some of the authors in Telling True Stories. I get the sense that long narratives take a lot of time and I'm happy to see that Junger isn't going to just hop on another contract to write another book, I suppose part of that is because he really isn't it the whole money thing.