Tips for Future Writers

Posted on September 5th, 2017 in Blogz stuff by angelr

There is a lot of advice for future writers all around the internet. This advice can range from what to write to how to start writing. Most don’t go onto the topic if you are meant to be a writer. Charles Bukowski called So You Want to be a Writer does touch on this topic. This poem talks about what can happen when you are trying to be a writer and when you should stop trying to be a writer. One of the examples that he uses to get his point across was “if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it” (Bukowski 1-3) These lines from the poem discuss that if you don’t have the motivation or drive. That you cannot do it without forcing it, then you should not become a writer. It goes on to list off two more reasons, one is if it does not come out by itself without you forcing it then you shouldn’t be a writer. The second is if you are just staring at a monitor and unable to come up with anything then there is no point. As anyone can see, when the title is read you might think that this is about giving advice and tips to potential writers. However the sharp turn right at the beginning show that it is the opposite.

The second part of the first stanza goes less into the potential of someone’s ability to be able to come up with ideas to write then the person’s intentions for becoming a writer. The first example given is that if you want to become a writer just for the fame that accompanies it and solely care for the money then you should not be a writer, “if you’re doing it for fame or money, don’t do it” (Bukowski 14-15) This goes along with doing it for affection or the imitation of other writers. The second stanza is more hopeful. It starts off with that even if you don’t feel that motivation and creativity yet, you should wait for it and be patient but move on once you never feel it. The third stanza, the second and third are short, focuses on the insecure and uncertainty that many people would feel after writing something. They want other people to read it for reassurance. To feel better about themself and if you feel like that, the poet said “Don’t do it”

Now, for a personal analysis. In the first three stanzas, I agree on some parts in the first stanza. There is no point in forcing yourself to become a writer if all that you would be doing is standing or sitting in front of something and trying to come up with anything to write about. The second half, is what I personally agree with the most. If all that you care about for writing is the fame then there might not be a career or meaningful career. Someone should look for a calling, something that they want to do. Not for fame or money but just because they want to do it. They feel a need. On the point, another writer should not just become a writer just to copy another writer’s style. This is not a calling for them, as it is just them trying to become famous or to try to emulate them. One of the points that I agree less with is the money part. Sometimes you may want to be a writer and feel that it is your calling but need money. In that case you would become a writer for the money as well as for your passion. Stanza two, is another part that I agree with. At times you may feel like that you can’t be a writer or that you have no motivation and want to quit. I know anyone who wants to be a writer has felt like that but sometimes all you have to do is wait for it to come. The next stanza is really personal because I have done this part. I have shown friends my writings and waited for their reaction and comment. I needed some advice and feedback, needing the satisfaction that i was doing good. Now I look back and notice that I did not need it. The only thing I needed was to notice that my writing is all i need.

Stanza four, goes less into what you need to be a writer but why you shouldn’t become a writer if you are not passionate about it. Charles says that you shouldn’t be like the other writers or ‘writers’ that are dull, boring and just snobby. You shouldn’t add to the libraries if it isn’t worth it. He adds that the libraries have bored itself to sleep because of these so called writers who don’t write because they have a passion, and call to the reader to not write if it isn’t their passion or if they are forcing themselves do. They should only do it if they need to, if they can’t control it and need to write the things down. This entire stanza is directed towards the reader more, than the others. This stanza is my favorite as it deals with more of the reasons why then just saying don’t do it. The reasons they give is also valid and I believe that they are the best that I would be able to think of. Many people are off put by reading because they believe it is boring. This can be why. The boringness of reading can be the product of writers who just want to have their fifteen minutes of fame or are forcing themselves to write something they think is boring themselves. This is what I think is most powerful of this poem. That it can make one think, what would be the consequences.

Stanza five and the last stanza, explains that if you are chosen by this ability to be able to write and be passionate about it then it will be with you until either you die or it does inside you. The last two lines is the most meaningful part of this poem that I can realize. “there is no other way and there never was” (Bukowski 63-64) I interpret this as that no matter what, the most meaningful of writers have this ability. Whether they are using it or not, the other writers don’t and that is why it is boring. There is no other way, to be a meaningful writer and there never was. That is why he warns people not to become a writer unless they feel it.

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Posted on September 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized by angelr

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