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Charles Bukowski - So you want to be a writer?

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Charles Bukowski
(Read by Tom O'Bedlam)

'So you want to be a writer?'

"if it doesnít come bursting out of you in spite of everything,
Donít do it.

Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind
And your mouth and your gut,
Donít do it.

If you have to sit up for hours staring at your computer screen,
Or hunched over your typewriter,
Searching for words,
Donít do it.

If youíre doing it for money, or fame,
Donít do it.

If youíre doing it because you want women in your bed,
Donít do it.

If you have to sit there and rewrite it again and again,
Donít do it.

If itís hard work just thinking about doing it,
Donít do it.

If youíre 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,
Youíre not ready.

Donít be like so many writers,
Donít be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers,
Donít be dull and boring and pretentious,
Donít be consumed with self-love.
The libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind.
Donít add to that.
Donít do it.

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,
Unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder,
Donít do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut,
Donít do it.

When it is truly time
If you have been chosen,
It will do it by itself
And then 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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