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So You Want To Be A Writer

New Years!

So I was on holiday in Greece with my mom (blogging about that next week) and at night I saw a scotch add on TV. Instead of something with half naked women on the screen it had a really fantastic voice over  with a man reciting a poem. I can now honestly not remember what the people were doing on the screen, except for a lot of them had very serious/very constipated looks on their face.

The words spoke to me, like I am sure they did millions of others, and I wanted to share them with you. The poem is called 'so you want to be a writer?' by Charles Bukowski. I am now officially in love with this man and have spent too many hours reading everything of his I possibly can.

If you don't want to read the entire poem, though I really suggest you do, I leave you with this following excerpt (and a youtube link at the bottom of the page) which I think it just great advice for life and what I am going to try to live up to in the next year:

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.

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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