Inspirations

Most of you know I am a fan of his work. Just substitute your own vocation for writer.

by Charles Bukowski
So you want to be 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.

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Charles Bukowski
air and light and time and space

“–you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to create.”
no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
away,
you’re going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.
baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses for.