Henry Miller’s Writing Commandments

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. 

Oh, my book. It’s called: Messages from Mother….Earth Mother


About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. 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 twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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