I'm aching for something...
2004-10-14 05:34:59 ET

I need some Bukowski...

"so you want to be a writer?"

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 gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
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
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to ROAR out of
then wait patiently.
if it never doea roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or 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
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
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 keep on doing it
until you die or it does in
there is no other way
and there never was.

2004-10-15 18:14:47 ET

Boy, I'm aching for something too, but I don't think it's what YOU have in mind. ^^'''

...Now I sound like a floozy. I'm not a floozy, I just wanted to make you laugh. If for no other reason that the extremeness of the "WTF? O_o" that I caused. ....I'm not very good at jokes. ^^'

Aaaanyway...you already know that I adore your writing...so....<3 ^^

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