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The more you pursue distractions, the less effective any particular distraction is, and so I'd had to up various dosages, until, before I knew it, I was checking my e-mail every ten minutes, and my plugs of tobacco were getting ever larger, and my two drinks a night had worsened to four, and I'd achieved such deep mastery of computer solitaire that my goal was no longer to win a game but to win two or more games in a row--a kind of meta-solitaire whose fascination consisted not in playing the cards but in surfing the streaks of wins and losses.
I don't care if it can count words or rearrange paragraphs at the push of a button, I don't want a computer. Unlike the faint scurry raised by fingers against a plastic computer keyboard, the smack and clatter of a typewriter suggests that you're actually building something. At the end of a miserable day, instead of grieving my virtual nothing, I can always look at my loaded wastepaper basket and tell myself that if I failed, at least I took a few trees down with me.
And eventually there is no one left in the world except people who don't look at other people's faces and who don't know what these pictures mean and these people are all special people like me. And they like being on their own and I hardly ever see them because they are like okapi in the jungle in the Congo, which are a kind of antelope and very shy and rare. And I can go anywhere in the world and I know that no one is going to talk to me or touch me or ask me a question. But if I don't want to go anywhere I don't have to, and I can stay at home and eat broccoli and oranges and licorice laces all the time, or I can play computer games for a whole week, or I can just sit in the corner of the room and rub 1 coin back and forward over the ripple shapes on the surface of the radiator. And I wouldn't have to go to France.
So you want to be a writerif it does?t come bursting out of youin spite of everything,do?t do it.unless it comes unasked out of yourheart and your mind and your mouthand your gut,do?t do it.if you have to sit for hoursstaring at your computer screenor hunched over yourtypewritersearching for words,do?t do it.if yo?re doing it for money orfame,do?t do it.if yo?re doing it because you wantwomen in your bed,do?t do it.if you have to sit there andrewrite it again and again,do?t do it.if i?s hard work just thinking about doing it,do?t do it.if yo?re trying to write like somebodyelse,forget about it.if you have to wait for it to roar out ofyou,then wait patiently.if it never does roar out of you,do something else.if you first have to read it to your wifeor your girlfriend or your boyfriendor your parents or to anybody at all,yo?re not ready.do?t be like so many writers,do?t be like so many thousands ofpeople who call themselves writers,do?t be dull and boring andpretentious, do?t be consumed with self-love.the libraries of the world haveyawned themselves tosleepover your kind.do?t add to that.do?t do it.unless it comes out ofyour soul like a rocket,unless being still woulddrive you to madness orsuicide or murder,do?t do it.unless the sun inside you isburning your gut,do?t do it.when it is truly time,and if you have been chosen,it will do it byitself and it will keep on doing ituntil you die or it dies in you.there is no other way.and there never was.