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Do It/Don’t Do It

23 October 2017


Thanks to Christina for the tip.

PG notes that the message of the video changes after the short Charles Bukowski segment.

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15 Comments to “Do It/Don’t Do It”

  1. Thanks for posting this, PG, and Thank You, Christina, for finding and recommending it.

  2. Rest in peace, motherf–ker.

    Thanks for this. It’s always helpful to know we’re not alone in the uphill aspects of what we’re trying to do.

  3. Ashe Elton Parker

    I’ve been operating on a very Bukowski-opinion manner of writing up to this point. I just don’t know how to get it to a more realistic professional treatment of my writing habit–and I need to because the way I’ve been doing it thus far has certainly not helped me create very many finished projects.

  4. Excellent. I believe every word. Turning Pro is a mindset. Starting is more important than thinking about starting. Doing is more important than simply starting. Finishing is the most important of all. Without finishing, their is nothing.

  5. Long ago, in the January/February 2001 issue of Utne Reader, page 20, there was a single panel of a cartoon by Meuller. I can’t find it online, but this is what it was.

    The image is of a man facing the figure of Death. Death is pointing at the man and saying:

    – I want the novel that’s always been in you.

  6. My ‘muse’ seems to strike harder after something else has given me a ‘workout’ (like mowing the lawn.) If I just sit down to write, I’ll be ‘sitting’ there a while …

  7. I wrote 500 words so far today. At this time in my life, that’s a good day. But the day is not done. Maybe I will write more.

  8. Yes. I read something Octavia Butler said about that years ago, and I believed her. Here it is,

    “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”

    I think she mentioned that the writing habit kept her out of crappy jobs. Persuasive.

    As for the blank page, sometimes I have in my head the voice of the ex-wife in the “Caveman’s Valentine.” Samuel Jackson’s character in that movie was a pianist who was nervous about playing.

    “Well, start at the beginning and play on until you get to the other side.”

    Sidenote, I guess that really was the voice of Charles Bukowski in the beginning and end of song about a bluebird that showed up in my YouTube playlist.

  9. Loved this! Sit down and do the writing; then the ideas will come. Waiting for the ideas first leads to an awful lot of waiting.

  10. Incidentally, The War of Art is on sale for .99 at the moment on Amazon. I just picked it up.

  11. “Unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder…don’t do it.

    When it is truly time…if you have been chosen…it will do it by iteslf…there is no other way…and there never was.”

    What a pile of self-indulgent, ridiculous BS. If you have been chosen… What, you have to be anointed to be an artist? It’s somehow otherworldly to be able to write a novel or paint or compose music?

    This is the kind of pretentious, obnoxious, elitist attitude that makes so many authors and painters incredible boors.

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