I am doing something wrong, if not everything. I have been feeling happy, but now I get a free moment and somehow I messed it up. I went to the gym after work and ran and tried to think of what I would write and then I tried to just focus on the moment and then I left the gym and got on the subway and wrote in my little notebook. I got home and took a shower and ate a bowl of cereal and then I put the laptop on the table and tried to write something and I have been standing here for almost two hours now. This is what I’ve written. How can I know when I will be in the zone at writing? How come I can’t write every day? God damn it. And what’s worse, is that I’m trapped. I have to write. I tried to look at jobs the other day that I could do and I just thought, fuck I’d rather be a waiter the rest of my life then have to get one of these jobs, not that anyone would give me any of these jobs. And writing is the only thing I want to do. But then I get home and I can write, but nothing comes to mind to write so I just write that nothing is coming to mind and I do that for a long time and still end up nowhere. I can’t have all these days off if I’m just going to screw them up anyway. I’ve been standing here wanting a beer for almost two hours, too, but I know once I have the beer that’s it, no writing. But I guess that would have been the result either way. Damn this shit is tough.
you really should get around to reading some of Bukowski’s poetry or fiction. i read him every time i get stuck. and junot diaz. he’s handle on the language is great. his author’s life is interesting as well– he wrote a book of short stories that got some acclaim but then took 10 years to come out with his next work. a book that won an award. he said it was a bloody difficult 10 years. he almost gave up. but then at some point the story came together. it’s a brilliant book by the way…
Is that “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”? Loved that book! Especially the historical footnotes.
yes it’s brilliant. i haven’t met many folks who have read it. i’ve recommended it time and again but some find it too long… and have difficulty with the footnotes and the language.
I want him to write the whole history of the DR like that.
no kidding. this shit’s so tough blogging is a relief…