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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Six

Talking the Talk

“I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.” — Andre Dubus III

“We journalists love writing about eccentrics. We hate writing about impenetrable, boring people. It makes us look bad: The duller the interviewee, the duller the prose. If you want to get away with wielding true, malevolent power, be boring.” — Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test

If a publication has accepted your query and has given you an assignment, there’s a very good chance you’ll now have to talk the talk: You’ll have to interview a source, or multiple sources, for your story.

Some people dread interviewing. Others love it. It probably depends on whether you’re an introvert ...

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