Saturday, February 23, 2013

Susan Orlean - Why I Write

She talks about it for Utne.

From the piece...

Writing is all I’ve ever done. I don’t think of it as a profession. It’s just who I am.  

I write because I love learning about the world. I love telling stories, and I love the actual experience of making sentences. From age five or six, the earliest time I could imagine myself as a person with a job, being a writer was all I imagined I’d be. I’d fallen in love with the idea of stories—telling them and hearing them. I was enchanted. The only problem was that when it came time to leave college and have a profession, I thought, Jesus, how do you make it a job?

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