Reading outside work is an important part of revision and first-draft writing as well. You need to see what other people have done.
Claire: This essay for sure, “We Do Abortions Here” by Sallie Tisdale, and these other two I found when I couldn’t find the Tisdale essay: “Inside an Oklahoma Abortion Clinic” and “Lucky Girl” by Bridget Potter (reprinted in Best American Essays)
Kristen: any of the essays listed here when I searched Procrastination on byliner.com
Morgan: any essay by Adrienne Rich like “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” or any essay by Audre Lorde