Courtesy of the List of Notes, Henry Miller's 11 Commandment, created when he was writing his first published novel:
- Work on one thing at a time until finished.
- Start no more new books, add no more new material to "Black Spring."
- Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
- Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
- When you can'tcreateyou canwork.
- Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
- Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
- Don't be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
- Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day.Concentrate.Narrow down.Exclude.
- Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book youarewriting.
- Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
I do enjoy these lists.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
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