Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alan Watts' writing advice

Neil Gaiman shared this "writing advice" on his tumblr a few days ago. I like how Alan Watts sounds so matter-of-fact here. Just reading it fuels my creative juices. ;)


Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer.
Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon.

Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves.

Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.

Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.


  1. This is perhaps the most useful writing advice I've read. It's like what Neil Gaiman said--stop asking for advice and start writing. :D

    1. Indeed! Instead of saying "I'll be a writer, I'll be a writer, I'll be a writer," start actually BEING a writer. Turn empty words into actions. ;)