Good Old Henry……
I discovered the below on Twitter this week and wanted to share it. There are some great points for anyone who writes for a living whether its a book or a corporate presentation or mid term paper. These tips will help all of you.
What’s your favourite?
Henry Miller’s Commandments, from Henry Miller on Writing:
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.
What work commandments would you add?
Number 5 definitely is one for me. I have to force myself to work through the less creative phases…
1 & 10 are oh so difficult, and they’re the ones I need to focus on the most. I always try to start new stories before finishing my WIPs.