Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lorrie Moore on Writing Short Fiction

Here is some tongue-in-cheek advice on writing from Lorrie Moore, a popular fiction writer...

"How to Become a Writer"


  1. This brings humor to writing and in my opinion that is always a good thing. Unfortunately, I've never been the patient type, the words in my head won't wait for me to try and fail at some other career. They demand to be written now.

  2. I really enjoyed that. It was funny and light hearted but cynical at the same time. I laughed out loud a few times. I think the author and I have similar senses of humor. I am interested in reading more of her work.

  3. I got through that excerpt, but I can't imagine reading a whole book of that. I understand why she wrote this piece the way she did, but it just didn't work for me. I can't stand reading things that have a constantly shifting tense. It takes me out of the piece and makes me want to grab a red pen.
    She also gives writing this complete banality, which to a certain extent it has, but no more than any other job a person can have - not mention you have to work harder to be successful with it. I get the feeling that she's almost ashamed of being a writer and like it's something for people who are too lazy for anything else. That couldn't be further from the truth.