bigship:

Getting better at writing only means that you see all your mistakes more clearly, which means you find more things to correct, which means it takes even longer to write. Thus, the profession is a never-ending spiral into the bowels of hell. And the pay is shit

bigship:

Getting better at writing only means that you see all your mistakes more clearly, which means you find more things to correct, which means it takes even longer to write. Thus, the profession is a never-ending spiral into the bowels of hell. And the pay is shit

Reblogged from bigship

I could give you absolutely sterling advice on how to avoid writing, how when you run out of things to do other than going to your desk and writing, when every closet is reorganized and you’ve called your oldest living relative twice in one day to see what she’s up to and there isn’t an unanswered e-mail left on your computer or you simply can’t bear to answer another one and there is no dignity, not a drop left, in any further evasion of the task at hand, namely writing, well, you can always ask your dentist for a root canal or have an accident in the bathtub instead.
Tony Kushner’s advice to emerging writers (via kateoplis)
So I’m writing this not only in the hope that everyone will cross me off the list of writers to hit up for free content but, more important, to make a plea to my younger colleagues. As an older, more accomplished, equally unsuccessful artist, I beseech you, don’t give it away. As a matter of principle. Do it for your colleagues, your fellow artists, because if we all consistently say no they might, eventually, take the hint. It shouldn’t be professionally or socially acceptable — it isn’t right — for people to tell us, over and over, that our vocation is worthless.