Charles Bukowski’s Stuck Moment as an Avoider

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment:

After several published works but still no “big break,” Bukowski quit writing for ten years. He later referred to this period—during which he traveled, briefly worked in a pickle factory, and was a fill-in letter-carrier—as his “ten-year drunk.”

He goes for it: A near-death experience with a bleeding ulcer stirred his latent writing desires. After leaving the hospital, he began to write poetry.

Unstuck result: Bukowski went on to publish dozens of poetry collections as well as six novels. 

(All information comes from public sources and does not imply endorsement of Unstuck.)

More Unstuck Advice

How to stop planning and start doing There is nothing I love more than a fresh planner. I love goal setting and making to-do lists and organizing my thoughts to no end. As someone who oft...
Diary of a procrastinator Productivity has never been a problem for me. I know the glowing feeling of accomplishment that comes from a daily to-do list stricken with check mark...
How to start planning when you’d really rather not What’s the plan? Well, if you tend to get stuck acting like an Ad Libber, there isn’t one. That’s because, more often than not, things work out for...