Thursday, February 16, 2012

Henry Miller's 11 Writing Commandments

Henry Miller - Wikipedia

Author Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) released the book On Writing in 1964, but to this day his 11 writing commandments are taught to writing students around the world. I would love to hear feedback from my audience on which commandements are relevant to them.







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

2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”

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

4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!

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–but go back to it the 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.

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