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
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 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-
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 it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in

there is no other way.

and there never was.

Charles Bukowski

3 opiniones:

gerund | agosto 21, 2007 1:14 a.m.

de haber sabido que volvieron los comentarios, le decía lo de paul por acá y seguro que sí lo entendía...

es simpaticón, pero no estoy del todo de acuerdo...

Almendra | agosto 21, 2007 2:03 p.m.

yo había leído esto mismo en el blog de m. (
está bueno
y al final volvieron los comments (triunfo!)

Subjuntivo | agosto 21, 2007 10:09 p.m.

gerund, Léalo de nuevo, a la larga, cuando recuerde a más de un escritor, va a estar de acuerdo...

Almendra, Sí, está por todos lados este coso, pero a mí Charles me gusta hace rato y me la banco.
Los comments volvieron, al menos por ahora, pero no sé de quién pueda ser el triunfo.