The Monday Morning WHIP // 04

Stan (http://branddna NULL.blogspot is our mentor. He tells us things like, “Nothing worth doing in life ever comes easy.” That’s right, sometimes you need to be told the tough stuff. And sometimes it needs to come from someone who knows better than you. So consider yourself lucky, because we’re sharing our mentor. And we’re doing it because we believe everyone should know things like this:

No matter which creative field you choose to pursue a career in, you must accept that you’re probably going to struggle for a while before you crack it. Nothing worth doing in life ever comes easy. Well not too easy anyway.

It could take you months to get a foot in the door. Possibly even years. Yes years! The thing is, it takes as long as it takes. So you need to steel yourself for the long haul.

Next time you’re thinking that it’s all too hard, and it might be time to go get a real job, take a few minutes to think about three of the 20th century’s most inspirational hard living literary figures – Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

All three of these guys were much older than you are when they got their first book published. They wrote because they had to. Page after page. Knock back after knock back.

They were the Beat Generation. Not the beaten generation.

Jack Kerouac was 28 years old when his first book was published. Critics panned it and it failed to sell.

Did he give up?

No. He popped a coupla handfuls of Benzedrine and spent the next seven years struggling until his next book was published. Seven years!

That book was “On the road” and for those of you who aren’t good with numbers, Jack was 35 when it was first published.

Kerouac’s good friend William Burroughs was 39 when his first book was published.

His next book, the incomparable “Naked Lunch” didn’t hit bookshops until six years later, by which time Burroughs was 45. Luckily he had a major drug habit at the time so he probably never noticed the years slipping by.

As for Allen Ginsberg, the people’s poet had his first major work published at the age of 30. To put that in perspective for you, both Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain were three years younger than that when they died.

Written by Junior
Originally posted on: 17/11/2008
Category: WHIP
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