“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.” – Alan Watts
Alan Watts (1915 – 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He experimented with consciousness altering drugs in the 1960s and some of his books from that time reflect his experiences. He later said about psychedelic drug use, “If you get the message, hang up the phone.” I really like the above quote. It has inspired me to write from my heart.
Many people who read this blog are also writers, so I thought I’d pass it along. I especially like: “and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves.”