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 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.

-Charles Bukowski

Art by ercansebat

7 comments on “So You Want To Be A Writer

  1. Great post: very candid and relatable!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sweaterk

    Reblogged this on sweaterk and commented:
    So accurate.


  3. misskutts

    Fucking beautiful. Best post I’ve read in months!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Pingback: So You Want To Be A Writer –

  5. gspottedpen

    Beautiful and very idealistic; yes you have portrayed that a writer self in writing should lie in the heart. You have created a new religion of idealism for writing and I am its admiring devotee. Anand Bose from Kerala.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Bloody brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The beat is a treat, and I want to be kind, but I want words I can eat by the spoon for my mind.

    Liked by 1 person

What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: