Charles Bukowski

Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.

Charles Bukowski's Letter to good friend, fellow poet, and founder of New York Quarterly magazine William Packard in 1990

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Don't Try - The Philosophy of Charles Bukowski | Dec 3, 2019

Too many writers write for the wrong reasons. They want to get famous or they want to get rich or they want to get laid by the girls with bluebells in their hair. (Maybe that last ain’t a bad idea).

When everything works best it’s not because you chose writing but because writing chose you. It’s when you’re mad with it, it’s when it’s stuffed in your ears, your nostrils, under your fingernails. It’s when there’s no hope but that.

We work too hard. We try too hard.

Don’t try. Don’t work. It’s there. It’s been looking right at us, aching to kick out of the closed womb.