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. ;)

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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.

2 comments:

  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

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    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. ;)

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