mandag, april 28, 2008

So you want to be a writer?

Av Charles Bukowski
Portrettegning: Jesper Deleuran

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.

10 kommentarer:

Anonym sa...

Ut-a-ræ-sjæl-opplevelse, liksom? Jeg veit ikke helt... Visst faen må det gnage, men jeg tror ikke resultatet blir dårligere av at du bearbeider gnaginga.

En ting er den autodidakte forfatteren, noe annet er å skrive på autopilot, som var man et medium for høyere makter.

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Thomas sa...

Det er sant: Han maler jo med en nokså bred og romantisk penn, den godeste Bukowski. For oss andre er det bare å gnage og gnure til det sitter.

Jesper Deleuran sa...

Jeg ser at du har brugt min tegning af Bukowski.
Tillad mig at bringe et andet digt af ham, som er inde på samme emne.
(Det ville glæde mig, hvis du ville henvise til mig som ophavsmand til portrættet)

"–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.

© Charles Bukowski, Black Sparrow Press

Thomas sa...

Oj, henvisning kommer øyeblikkelig! Sorry, den burde jo ha stått der i utgangspunktet (aller helst burde jeg jo forsøkt å spørre deg om det var i orden). Beklager!

Og takk så mye for diktet!

fransiska sa...

Jeg skjønner det er vanskelig å være forfatter, så en må virkelig ha kallet for å lykkes:)

Thomas sa...

Mja, mjo, men jeg tror det viktigste kanskje er å jobbe ræva av seg. Virkelig jobbe.

www.jorunnsverden.com, Bloggstart 010308. sa...
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Thomas sa...

Hyggelig, god helg! =)

Binka sa...

Hjelpe meg, dette var en STOR opplevelse å lese! Tusen takk for at du la det ut. Veldig inspirerende! Selv om jeg forsåvidt er en smule enig med førstemann som kommenterer dette innlegget: det handler litt om å starte et sted, ikke bare tenke på å starte. "Writing is rewriting" var det noe som sa. Når man først klarer å sette i gang, tror jeg mange kan oppdage at følelsen som her blir beskrevet ikke er så langt unna likevel.

Thomas sa...

Ja, det spørs det, Binka. Uansett er det jo alltid kult å lese noe som er skrevet om det å lese eller skrive. Om man er enig eller uenig, bidrar det jo til at man får et mer avklart forhold til det, kanskje?

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