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Toure - Music Journalist/Author
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Toure

What do you do:
Music Journalist, Author

Where do you work:
Rolling Stone, New York City, New York

When did you realize your interest in writing:
One thing that I loved about being a writer from the beginning is that there is a clear body of literature about how to be a better writer. I always work well in situations where I can acquire learning about subjects. When I was in high school I read a bunch of books about backgammon, tennis. I was into boxing for awhile but there is very little writing on how to be a better boxer. Obviously there is more writing on how to be a better writer than on any other subject. That and also that writing gives you a concrete sense of what you’ve done. You write something and there it is.

Why be a writer:
It’s a lot of thought, a lot of contemplation, and a lot of dropping your anchor deep in one place rather than doing shallow thinking.

How would you advise others:
You have to read a lot. You have to read as a writer in terms of how it works, why it works, and why you like it, or why you don’t like it. You also have to like to be alone. You pretty much have to be alone to write. Some people write in coffee shops. I don’t understand that. Some people think they can write with a partner but they are just deluding themselves. You have to enjoy being alone in a room and working with sentences and working with paragraphs and arranging them. I enjoy that. I have a lot of fun doing that.