Get a pencil and a piece of paper and start writing

“I have two comments: Number 1, if you’re going to be a writer, don’t go to school to be a writer. Get a pencil and a piece of paper and start writing. Secondly, if there’s anything in this world you can do, do it rather than be a writer. It’s the loneliest, most depressing work in the world.”


  1. Matthew Lickona says

    A pencil! So that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!

  2. Jonathan Webb says

    A number of pencils, and a good sharpener. In fact, you don't want to start writing until they're all sharp. Really sharp, then align them to the left of your pad if your right-handed. Make sure that none of them are longer than the others. If one is longer, sharpen it down to an equal length. Uh-oh, too short. I guess you'll have to sharpen the rest to match. "What's that baby? Of course I can unscrew the lids. In fact, I should probably unscrew all the lids just so you don't have to ask me again. Is that the phone, I'll get it, might be for me.

  3. Quin Finnegan says

    I have this picture as a postcard. I like this one – no wonder he was so popular with the ladies. Looks like Steve McQueen, only badder.

    "I will mess you up, man … go read my books. You ain't seen nothin' like me before."

  4. Quin Finnegan says

    I'm grateful for this blog, Jonathans. Thanks again.

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