But look, a lot of the people who ask me for advice, they're not just asking about how to be a writer. Because everyone knows that: How to be a writer is: you write all the time, and you read all the time, and eventually maybe you'll write something worth reading. The question people are really asking is: How do I become Cheryl Strayed? How do I become J.K. Rowling? How do I become Jonathan Franzen? And this is a whole different question.