Henry Miller on writing; “work on one thing at a time until finished”

In the 1930s when working on Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller set down his work commandments, which later went into his book on writing. He seems a little schizophrenic in his instructions.”Keep human. See people, go places, drink when you feel like it” is a little contradictory to “Write first and always. Friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.” It sounds like he was always trying to focus – “work according to program and not according to mood” but – “forget the program when you feel like it. But go back to it the next day.” Hilarious. He was right of course. Starting a book is easy. Finishing it is the hard part.


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