Henry Miller – How To Be A Writer

31 Jan

Cila Warncke

I’m a little bit hooked on Flavorwire – they turn up some amazing, inspiring creative content. Like this list of Henry Miller’s tips on how to be a writer.


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 next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
10. Forget the books you want to…

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2 responses to “Henry Miller – How To Be A Writer

  1. Dave Farmer

    January 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Interesting list, as I commented on the post I thought # 9 was very well said. One story, one focus. Every other story in your noggin can wait.

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