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 to get out

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.

"so you want to be a writer?" by Charles Bukowski images curated by Lady Elle

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