Hunter S. Thompson said it works. And he always tells the truth.
The Doctor explains it here:

Hunter says it’s like music.

My take:

Say you’re an “aspiring” musician.

(Why don’t we say that? You’re a musician or you’re not a musician.)

You play the classics, the masters, over and over for hours every day of the year. Only then do you play before an audience, much less begin to “interpret” a piece of music or be so brave as to compose something original.

How, hi are you? I’m a writer living in rural Japan. My writing expresses the spirit of living the way I do or did — in consensual reality and otherwise.

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