Best Way to Write a Book – Clean the Refrigerator

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
– W. Somerset Maugham

If you remove “novel” and insert “non-fiction book”, there you have me. I’m searching for those three rules. In the meantime, consider me distracted as I prepare my house to be sold, garden for some income, and futz around on Facebook and my blog for ways to meaninglessly fritter my time.

Ah… here’s another good writing quote:

The best way to start writing your book is to go clean your refrigerator.

Scary Refrigerator - from

This is called not only being distracted but needing to organize your writing by going through your house and organizing everything else first. The joys…!

I know. I’ve done it. Though it was not the refrigerator that I organized. If I remember correctly, it was the papers on my kitchen table and then all the loose papers in my office. That can take months. Sigh.

Hey. Maybe that’s one of the secrets to writing that book. Go organize your house first!

Now to figure out the other two secrets.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, nature mystic and international speaker. Her books include: The Great Mother Bible; Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother; and If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America. She has studied with Native American teachers for nineteen years and currently sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness, and is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering. She loves to be involved in Sacred Water Ceremonies. Mare is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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3 Responses to Best Way to Write a Book – Clean the Refrigerator

  1. Dear Mare
    Thank You for Your wonderful article. I stumbled on your blog in search of the quote about writing and cleaning the refrigerator. Could You please tell me who said this?
    Thank You very much.
    All the best,

  2. Hi – I wish I knew who wrote that oh-so-truthful quote…
    Thanks for swinging by… !

  3. Bob says:

    A similar quote is ascribed to Ernest Hemingway in an HBR article about procrastination. . “When asked how to write a good novel, Ernest Heminway said – first, defrost the refrigerator…”

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