In praise of Henry Miller

Yet another inspiring writer I discovered is Henry Miller.

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Miller gave his fellow writers a set of commandments–eleven of them. Here they are:

1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.

2. Start no more new books.

3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.

4. Work according to Program and not according to mood.

5. When you can’t create, you can work.

6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.

7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.

8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.

9. Discard the Program when you feel like it–go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.

10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.

11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.

Ughhh, back to the discipline, that I have hated, and avoided for long. It is clear by now, there IS no other way. Well, 11 is  quite some, I am going to work on the list, in bits. Desperately trying to follow rule #10.

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