Writing truisms

by Russell on February 25, 2014

I enjoy watching the sometimes off-colour TV show ‘Californication’. The main character, Hank Moody, is a talented but fractured writer, his vices of choice alcohol and sex.

As much as I find some of the story-lines a little much for my tastes I love Hank’s commentary on the lost of the writer, to wit …

Hanks daughter is leaving home for a major road trip across America. Mother weeps that she might never see her daughter again. Hank has these soothing words – (paraphrased a little) “Don’t worry. She’s a writer now, she’ll be unemployed for the next ten years. You’ll be seeing a lot of her.”
I nearly fell off the couch laughing at the truism.

And …

Hank paraphrases an oft repeated writers saying, that ‘talking about writing is not writing’.
Hanks to-the-point version – “writing is gluing your ass to the chair and taking everything in your head and putting it on paper. Everything else is posing”.
I couldn’t have put it better. Now where did I leave that glue?


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