How to be a great writer by Charles Bukowski


you’ve got to fuck a great many women beautiful women and write a few decent love poems. and don’t worry about age and / or freshly-arrived talents. just drink more beer more and more beer and attend the racetrack at least once a week and win if possible. learning to win is hard– any slob can be a good loser. and don’t forget your Brahms and your Bach and your beer. don’t overexcercise. sleep until noon. avoid credit cards or paying for anything on time. remember that there isn’t a piece of ass in this world worth more than $50 (in 1977). and if you have the ability to love love yourself first but always be aware of the possibility of total defeat whether the reason for that defeat seems right or wrong– an early taste of death is not necessarily a bad thing. stay out of churches and bars and museums, and like the spider be patient– time is everybody’s cross, plus exile defeat treachery all that dross. stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover. get a large typewriter and as the footsteps go up and down outside your window hit that thing hit it hard make it a heavyweight fight make it the bull when he first charges in and remember the old dogs who fought so well: Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun. If you don’t think they didn’t go crazy in tiny rooms just like you’re doing now without women without food without hope then you’re not ready. drink more beer. there’s time. and if there’s not that’s all right too.

A man’s point of view. All we need to change it Is switch he to she. Nothing else. The beer can remain. Reminds Of pregnancy. Where a bottle stood On the bump.Resting, Waiting To be drunk. And it Was. We all escape with drink then write.12:38 am 2 glasses of red wine, two beers,  not pregnant.

Aug, 2oo8.

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