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Writer’s Wisdom

We have all probably read this but I just felt I should post it again as the words are so true for us Writers…

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“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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9 Comments »

  1. I think Mr. Bukowski was being a bit over-dramatic to make his point, but he’s right about one thing:

    if you’re doing it because you want
    women in your bed,
    don’t do it.

    I can’t tell you how many laptops I’ve ruined that way!

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  2. It is impossible to write unless as he puts it, it comes gushing forth and does not stop. He’s right; if you have to force it, don’t do it, if you spend hours in front of any form of keyboard, don’t bother. If you were meant to write in any, way, shape and/or form, it will come out of you. Sometimes, it is like a geyser that will not stop erupting, other times it is more like the beautiful blue, green, orange and red pools of boiling water, and it comes more slowly. The point being at times the words will simply pour out of your fingers, and other times the brain is a bit more choosy with what it wants to reveal. But, if anything he said was true; don’t do it. You will be miserable because you will feel that your chosen art form has failed you in some way.

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    • Just discovered your comment… it seemed to get lost in the shuffle. What caught my attention about your comment, was the personal insight that reflects the feast or famine part of creative existence.

      For me personally… IF I have a intense desire to share thoughts, then the words flow effortlessly. I guess George Orwell was right when he said “words are the currency of thought” and to me that said it all. Have thoughts… the words will come. Learn a new complex word and notice the thought experience that comes from understanding it, and noticing its relevance in life. Makes it fun to be human.

      Thanks for sharing your “thoughts”.

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      • I really liked the quote from George Orwell. Words are the currency of the thought process. We think in words, and yes, if they are meant to be heard or need to heard the thoughts will eventually yield to words. I love words in all their forms; complex or not.

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