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Roberto Bolaño

December 17, 2010

The truth is, I don’t believe all that much in writing. Starting with my own. Being a writer is pleasant—no, pleasant isn’t the word—it’s an activity that has its share of amusing moments, but I know of other things that are even more amusing, amusing in the same way that literature is for me. Holding up banks, for example. Or directing movies. Or being a gigolo. Or being a child again and playing on a more or less apocalyptic soccer team. Unfortunately, the child grows up, the bank robber is killed, the director runs out of money, the gigolo gets sick and then there’s no other choice but to write. For me, the word writing is the exact opposite of the word waiting. Instead of waiting, there is writing. Well, I’m probably wrong—it’s possible that writing is another form of waiting, of delaying things. I’d like to think otherwise.

I got this quote directly from htmlgiant.com but I wanted to post it here because it speaks truth!  It inspires me to want to write.  At times I’ve got so many ideas and thoughts going through my head that I end up putting none of them to use and keep them on the back of my mind waiting for use.  Instead I will write what I think and I will have these thoughts and ideas written down to be read, remembered and used.  Even if these words are waiting at least they’ll be there.

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