I have just sent an invite to the All Our Relations Book Launch Party for my book to oodles and oodles of friend. And one friend sent this back to me. It is for all writers out there. Sage advice. Frankly, now that I’ve just finished this book and it was sent off to the printers just today, I can’t imagine starting another in this very moment. My work is cut out for me to promote this one. We’ll see how I feel in a week. ;~)
Henry Miller gave his fellow writers a set of commandments–eleven of them. Here they are, only slightly abridged:
1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2. Start no more new books.
3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood.
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 draft horse! Work with pleasure only.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it–go back to it 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.