Reading Response for 8/30

Post your reading responses for our readings for Friday–Lorrie Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” and Terry Tempest Williams’ “Why I Write”–as comments here. Remember the QQC format: Question, Question, Comment. Your response doesn’t have to be any longer than that.

Let me post an example QQC response to get things rolling:

In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” why is the main character “you?”

Why does Wiliams start almost every sentence with “I write” in her essay?

I thought the use of humor in “How to Become a Writer” was effective.


40 thoughts on “Reading Response for 8/30

  1. Renee Lemire
    How to become a writer
    Why doesn’t the author specify names when she introduces new people into the text?(for example, her boyfriend’s name, her roommate, etc.)
    Why does Francie care what other people think about what she is doing with her life?
    I thought that they way the author wrote made it seem like one ripple effect after another.
    Why I write
    Why did the author start almost every sentence with “I write?”
    Why does Williams start off waking up early in the morning and picturing her and her friends walking down a street?
    When I was reading this I felt as passionate as she is on the subject of writing.

  2. Why does Lorrie Moore use the second person point of view in “How to Become a Writer?”

    Why does Moore use Francie to narrate her story?

    Williams seems very passionate about writing and her reasons for it doing it.

  3. In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” why does the main character seem so sad when she is doing what she loves to do?

    What does Williams mean when she says she is “trying to write out of the body, not out of the head”?

    I liked how Williams listed so many reasons on why she wrote because it emphasized her passion for writing.

  4. Michelle W

    In Moore “How to become a writer”, why did Moore name her narrator Francie?

    In Williams “Why I write”, why does she often see the world as black and white?

    In Williams’ last sentence( I write as though I am whispering in the ear of the one I love), I can really sense her passion in writing.

  5. So did anyone else have to stop and reread a sentence or two for Williams “Why I Write?”

    Did anyone else find that Moore’s use of second person point of view made it seem as you were going through everything along with her?

    Out of the two, Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” was a better read, but Williams’ “Why I Write” seemed more passionate.

  6. In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer”, why would Moore not write an autobiography to describe events on how she became a writer rather than use a persona?

    Why does Williams contradict that she believes and doesn’t believe in words?

    Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” was easier to visualize what happened in her life while William’s “Why I Write” was created from emotions.

  7. Why does it seem like Moore is specifically referring to her own personal experiences, but she addresses the reader in second person?

    In “Why I Write,” the author is explaining the many reasons why she writes, but what is the purpose for her writing this article of compiled reasons for writing?

    In “Why I Write,” Williams’ expresses her love for writing while in “How to Become a Writer,” Moore is talking about the difficulties she has encountered in writing.

  8. Why does the narrator, Francie, never seem to actually address the issues that she deals with?

    Terry Tempest said “Each of us writes out of our own biases.” How doe we break out of of our own biases and write from someone else’s perspective?

    Moore’s story allows the reader to connect with the narrator, thus creating a connection and interest between them and the story.

  9. Why did, in “How To Become A Writier”, the author feel the need to use persona?

    What does Williams mean when she says she writes because she does not believe in words?

    I enjoyed reading “Why I Write” because I got to read about how passionate Williams is about writing and the reason that she is.

  10. Palmer Harper

    Why does the narrator, Francie, decide to apply to college as a Child Psychology major instead of an English major?

    Why does Francie not change her major from Child Psychology to English if she loves writing so much?

    In Terry Tempest Williams story “Why I Write” she proposes reasons for why many of us, including herself, write.

  11. Loorie Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” – why does she start off saying, “try to be something, anything, else,” when throughout our entire lives, we’re told to just be ourselves?

    Terry Tempest Williams’ “Why I Write” – What does she mean by, “I write because I do not believe in words,” when writing is made of words?

    “How to Become a Writer” – I love the way this piece is written. No long, super descriptive sentences that are hard to keep track of, but thoughts. People think in short sentences such as these. It made it very easy to read.

  12. Did Moore have any support from her family in the process of becoming a writer? It seems as if her mother never cared in the first place.

    Why does’t Williams “trust nothing especially myself.” I believe that in order to be a successful writer you must believe/trust in your own words.

    Both authors clearly love writing. Actually made me feel like i need to find some reasons for me to write more.

  13. Why does Moore write in short, choppy sentences, making it hard to follow because there are so few descriptions?

    Williams writes, “I wanted to create a circular text, not a linear one”. What does this mean?

    Moore makes us realize that writing is not something that most people enjoy, it is challenging but also rewarding.

  14. Why is it that in every paragraph in Moore’s “how to Become a Writer” is about something random?

    Why in William’s “Why I Write” does the end of essay seem to be very negative?

    In “Why I Write”, William’s writes about her positive and negative thoughts about why she writes and her love for it.

  15. Was William’s “Why I Write,” a response to an internal conflict as to why she writes?

    In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” Why did she choose to skip the number 12 in her syllable count?

    I feel the entirety of “How to Become a Writer” was a depressing reminder that the world does not always welcome uniqueness with open-arms.

  16. Louie Copley

    In Moore’s, “How to Become a Writer”, why does the Francie, the narrator, give the reader so many instructions but never really follow them up with anything significant?

    Was it an effective strategy by Williams to begin every sentence from the second paragraph on with the words “I write?”

    Both “How to Become a Good Writer” and “Why I Write” are interesting reads. However, “Why I Write” had me listing other reasons that Williams did not mention in my head of why I personally enjoy writing.

  17. Why does Moore, in her writing, jump from one very detailed story into another, that has no relation to it?!

    In Williams’ essay why are her reasons for writing constantly juxtaposing one another?

    In Moore’s writing, i liked that although her critics didn’t like her writing or at times her sense of humor she continued until she got a result. she admitted to a trial and error (both her and Williams)

  18. Does the repetition of “I write” have an overall purpose to the piece?

    Why did Lorrie Moore split “How to Become a Writer” into three parts?

    In “Why I Write” the author uses a lot of contrasting elements such as black and white to portray her passion for writing.

  19. Andrew Miller

    Why does Williams jump around so much from reason to reason, example to example without elaborating much?

    In “How to Become A Writer”, why did Moore structure her writing in the way she did?

    I thought the two readings contrasted well, with Moore’s writing using a second-person point of view and Williams’ first-person style combined with sentences for effect.

  20. In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” why does the main character struggle with so much self-doubt?

    Do you believe that Williams’ upbringing as a Mormon affected the way she sees democracy of our nation and nature?
    Why do you think Williams’ contradicts herself numerous times in “Why I Write”?

    In “Why I Write” I am able to see that for many people there is so much more to writing than what meets the eye.

  21. In “How to Become a Writer”, if the main character is truly passionate about becoming a writer, why doesn’t she work on developing the plots in her stories? Wouldn’t that help make her a successful writer?

    In “Why I Write”, what is the significance of Williams reciting in her sleep why she writes?

    If either of these are any indication of a writer’s life, I’m never becoming a writer. It sounds frustrating.

  22. In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” why is the first scene her babysitting the McMurphy’s children?

    Why do both Francie and Terry continue writing when they both have so much trouble with it? Terry writes, “I write knowing I will always fail,” but she still continues to write, why?

    I thought the the use of short sentences and thoughts in Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” helps the reader understand her frustrations and troubles.

  23. “How to Become a Writer”
    Why does Francie refer to herself in the second person form?
    Why does the text repeat the line “You spend too much time slouched and demoralized” so often?
    The author is an irrational fanatic about becoming a successful writer.

    “Why I Write”
    Why does the author use such extreme repetition?
    Why does the author fail every time he writes?
    The author is insecure about himself and his writing.

    Jeremy Raupp

  24. In “How to Become a Writer, how did Moore discover her love for writing? Was is meant to be?

    Williams listed the many reasons why he liked to write. What is the reason why he did this?

    I loved Moore’s journey to writing. I feel that it takes a lot of changes for someone to find something they truly love.

  25. In Moore’s “How to Become a Writer,” why doesn’t she focus on one idea to help develop a concrete plot?

    In Williams, “Why I Write,” does she accomplish her goal of “writing out of the body, not out of the head?”

    I find it fascinating that an individual can be so troubled by writing but so intrigued and devoted to it at the same time. It is something I cannot relate to, but hearing two author’s sides makes me want to delve deeper into what I read and think about the commitment that went into the publication of a work.

  26. In “How to Become a Writer”, what is the reason that Moore added certain details like “Vacuum. Chew Cough Drops.”?

    Do you believe that Williams wrote “Why I Write” in hopes that people would understand her writing better, or do you think she wrote it to try to show people that there are many reasons that one can write.

    I really enjoyed the great detail that Moore used when describing things like cole slaw.

  27. In “How to become a Writer” why don’t they drop everything and follow their dreams like they say in the first line.

    In” Why I write ” Why does the author seem like they are in pain?

    Reading How To Become a Writer made me very uncomfortable and reading Why I write left me short of breath.

    -Zachary Anders

  28. Why is the author of “How to Become a Writer” so negative about doing what she likes and the life she has as a consequence?

    Why does the author of “Why I Writ”e not use her writing to spark the changes she wants to make in the world?

    Overall, the two passages evoked completely different feelings about writing for me. After reading the first,” How to Become a Writer”, I was questioning why this girl was writing if she wasn’t even successful at it and feeling that I personally don’t like writing at all. Soon after reading “Why I Write” though, I felt empowered to write and was awed by the sincerity and passion behind her writing.

  29. In “Why I Write” is writing really his love or a weird obsession he has to escape reality?

    Why is “How to become a Better writer” so scatter brained?

    “How to Become a Better Writer” had me had me laughing and smiling most of the time.

  30. Why does the author put emphasis on the line, “I write from the stillness of night anticipating- always anticipating?” What is the author anticipating?

    What does the author mean when stating, “I write on the other side of procrastination?” What’s the other side of procrastination?

    “These are the lens of culture, gender, and geography that I see out of…” This quote stood out to me.

  31. Why does the author of “How to Become a Writer” say they will view the world and the people in it the same way for the rest of their life as they do in college? It’s depressing.

    In “Why I Write” how does writing make peace with things Williams can’t control? Is it more of a peace at mind thing?

    I’ve come to realize that I often read the same type of books because I like to place myself in the shoes of certain characters. I believe I’m a princess at heart so I tend to read books about princesses and royalty.

    ~Kaitlyn Klingberg

  32. In “How to Become a Writer” it seems that Laurie Moore is discouraging becoming a writer by explaining all the craziness that goes with it but is also trying to promote it, is this effective?

    In “Why I Write” why does the author have so many different reasons for writing?

    After reading this two short stories I think that anyone is capable of becoming a good writer.

  33. Christie Gleason

    Why does the author of “How to Become a Writer” use such short, choppy sentences?

    Why does the author in “Why I Write” state such irrelevant reasons for writing?

    I really connected with the character in “How to Become a Writer” because it’s written in second person.

  34. In ” How to Become a Writer” why doesn’t the author just talk as herself instead of creating a persona?

    What was Williams purpose of repeating “I write to…”?

    In why I write I like how Williams shows the pros and cons of why
    he writes its not just all the good or all the bad.

  35. In “How to Become a Writer” Moore seems to be discouraging writing by explaining how crazy it can make your life but the underlying message is to encourage the reader, is this an effective strategy?

    In “Why I Write” why does the author have so many reasons to write?

    After reading both these short stories, I think it is possible for anyone to become a writer.

  36. Did Anyone pick up on a sense of indirect pathos writing technique in “How to Become a Writer”?

    In “Why I Write” do you think that the narrator sleep talking this dialogue has any significance?

    I believe “Why I Write” can be taken as a universal list of pros for any activity.

    -Isaiah Rivera

  37. Is Laurie Moore telling the story of herself and her journey of becoming a writer in her story through the use of third person narrative?

    Why does Terry Williams say, “I write…” an exact 75 (yes, i counted) times?

    “How to Become a Writer” was very entertaining to read.

  38. What affect does the repetition of “I write” have on the reader in “Why I Write”?
    Is writing the one and only cause for Francie’s downfall or is it her inability to socialize in “How To Become a Writer”?
    Moore mentions the many small details to show the inner workings and insanity of Francie’s thoughts.

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