The first line of Lorrie Moore’s essay, How to Become a Writer, reads:
First, try to be something else, anything, else.
The essay goes on smoothly and brilliantly from here, and traces a writer’s progress from an early age to maturity, but the first line hangs with me. I spend all week looking at other people. The cupcake shop owner. The college counselor. The lawyer, the doctor, the captain of industry. I see artists. And bookshop sellers. The merchant. The secretary. The postal clerk. And all these occupations look great, and I imagine what it would be like to be in the shoes of the participants.
And then I sit down and write about it.
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