In this last Chapter of Telling True stories I found myself both excited and afraid of becoming a journalist. Jim Collins offered great insight on how to get started as a freelancer, that to just plunge in to freelancing is kind of risky. I also like his lessons on how to set up a proposal and a query letter. My favorite entry had to be Stewart O'nan's piece about how to write a book. The seventeen rules can be applied to almost any kind of writing, narrative non-fiction, fiction, editorials, etc. His rules weren't too complicated "Isolate yourself... Enjoy yourself, always keep your notebook with you..." all these small steps help form good habits and rituals for writing. I found Susan Orlean's final lesson to be very helpful. I think it's important to ask yourself "Why do you want to be a writer?... Do you love language?...Are you deeply curious?..." knowing these answers will help make your career a lot less work, and a lot more fun.
The piece on Mr. Junger was very interesting. I loved that he went out and started his story before he even had a contract. The man has guts, he is a mixture of Mike Rowe form "Dirtiest Jobs" mixed with the cast from "Deadliest Catch". The man picked out some real blue collar jobs and wrote about them. I love the tenacity that he has and how almost every assignment he had he started without a contract. I hope I can have half the courage that this man has as a freelancer.