No wonder I can’t get anything done. Well, actually, I am someone who gets A LOT done. My lament should instead be “No wonder I can’t get EVERYTHING done.”
My present goal – as a writer and as a human being trying to live her best life – is to clarify my priorities and make an appropriate plan. So I’ve been seeking wisdom and inspiration along those lines. I can’t now recall where I came across Henry Miller’s writing commandments (to himself, as he was working on Tropic of Cancer), but with apologies to whoever posted it, I’m sharing them for you and for me.
Henry Miller’s 11 COMMANDMENTS
- 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’t create you can work.
- 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 you are writing.
- Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
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