Thursday, April 30, 2009

so you want to be a writer?

By Charles Bukowski



if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.


if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

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4 Comments:

At 30 April 2009 at 10:29, Blogger Niall Murphy said...

Good implementation aside, I'm afraid I can't agree with the sentiment :)

 
At 30 April 2009 at 17:27, Blogger -Ann said...

Hi Niall. I actually agree with parts of it. The busting out, burning story that you're barely able to contain, it's like a sort of magic. And when I get to the point where I'm hunched at the computer, that's when I know it's time to give it some space.

It's a little more work than just having been chosen, but there's a certain spark that I either have some days and other days I don't. And I don't write on the days I don't have it.

 
At 9 May 2009 at 22:46, Anonymous Felix said...

buko is right,he,annoyingly for such a b*****t,nearly always is

 
At 27 August 2009 at 09:53, Blogger samantha said...

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