so you want to be a writer

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

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.

Unless..

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment


Charles Bukowski on being a writer

About Things..

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about…

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

In a 1933 letter to his 11-year-old daughter Scottie, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced this poignant and wise list of things to worry, not worry, and think about – the best father’s advice since John Steinbeck’s letter to his son on falling in love and this beautiful letter to 16-year-old Jackson Pollock by his dad.

From F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters.

If money were no object,

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

What do I desire.. ?

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Love, always comes as a surprise

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Love, always comes as a surprise
You don’t need to close your eyes
‘Cause soon you’ll recognize
Its colors

Life, well it always has a twist
Something new that can’t be missed
And you know I can’t resist
This feeling

I used to feel so far from home
I thought all hope had flown
Just a dreamer on my own
And I know

Life’s complicated
But we have to try
To find our own future
With you at my side

We can all work together
To build something new
I know you can see it
Let’s make it come true

Time, well it passes by so fast
We must make each moment last
And treasure each and
Every feeling

Friends, are what make it all worthwhile
Just try and show a little style
And life can put a smile
On your face

Don’t, ever give up on your dreams
As hard as things may seem
We can win through in the end
Believe me

Fears and illusion
To die may be caused
But things can still change
The future at last

Can be held in our hands
And out of the blue
With friends on our side
To have the endings come true

Movie Soundtrack. Madagascar 3

On Love.

November 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Imagine Now.

November 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

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