In case you want to be a writer

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If this indeed is your (or mine) sorry state of affairs, there is no better, more true advice but the one Charles Bukowski has given us … and every day I hope to remember it:

so you want to be a writer?       Charles BukowskiPhoto credit: Michael Montfort

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…

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