How to become a Writer Short StorySo how do I become a writer?
Analyses of'How to become a writer' by Lorrie Moore
In the second part of Lorrie Moore's'How to Become a Writer' a figure called Francine is recounted. It is a self-help magazine for those who want to become authors, but the real contents of the book are very individual. More appears to make a joke about the notion that there is a way to become a man of letters.
It is true that each author has had his own unparalleled trip and no two authors are the same. She' s storytelling approach of presenting her own experiences as a way that anyone can follow gives the tale a sense of humour. Attracted by the storyline by the title, I was immediately thrilled after I read the first sentence:
The best way to become a novelist is to become something else. "You' ll find somewhere that all letter, all letter has to do with the genitalia. It is a tale full of those things that seem ridiculous at first glance, but actually contain a more profound reality.
While not all of his writings are entirely geared to the author's genitalia, one could reasonably say that the motivations for his writings are often due to his or her own sense of sexually frustrated. I can testify to that as a prospective author. Another interesting part of the plot I found interesting is the conception of the letter as a kind of disease.
She explains that her penchant for typing causes her to loose some of her body mass and contrasts typing with poliomyelitis. She characterises the letter as a nasty practice that takes away her interest in the more important things in her own world. Everyone but the storyteller and the other pupils in their imaginative writers' lessons seems to see the process of typing as a complete wastage.
Yet this makes the storyteller no less motivating to type, which gives the storyteller a sensationalism. My favourite part of the tale by far is the end. It seems to me that she once again links her own motivations for writing with her sexife.
Francine once admitted using the humour of a friend at the university to create paper. The storyteller's flatmate noticed at a round-table dinner reception that the narrator's letter always has something to do with her friend. At the end of the tale Francine stays tended to use her interests as a driving force for her work.
If the storyteller is joking that typing is a bit like poliomyelitis, her date answers with "interesting" and then with straightening his hair on his arms. As Lorrie Moore knows better than anyone else, 99% of the times creativity is unsuccessful. It' s a bit sad to give expression to an emerging writer public, but perhaps that's exactly what this public needs to heed.