Day 45 – And a Reminder to Work Calmly, Joyously, Recklessly!

Posted Feb 23 2019, 12:00 am

I love this little piece by Henry Miller with the COMMANDMENTS he gave himself for writing.

Lots and lots of wonderful wisdom here…including “Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.” That’s a bit of advice I really need keep in mind, since dreaming about the infinite possibilities is always easier than funneling down to fix that one little plot hole in Chapter 14. Also “Work on one thing at a time until finished.”

Can you tell I’m prone to getting distracted from my current book?  As much as I want to write, my pesky little ADD mind is always thinking of a thousand other things it would rather be doing than staying on task and MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

Hmmmm. “Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.”

I’ll keep repeating that to myself until I’m DONE.

How’s your writing going today?



2 responses to “Day 45 – And a Reminder to Work Calmly, Joyously, Recklessly!”

  1. Melanie Macek says:

    I like #8 the most. “Don’t be a draught horse; work with pleasure only.” I made that mistake my first year publishing because I took the advice of others instead of what I knew was right for me. I was burned out by the end of the year and ended up re-editing three of the books I published. Even if it is your means of income, you should still find pleasure in the task.

  2. Elisa Beatty says:

    Pleasure is key! Especially for romance writing, I think!

    Though, of course, it’s a balance. As he also says in #5 “When you can’t *create*, you can *work.*” But not to the point of burn-out. He also says “Stop at the appointed time!” and “Discard the program when you feel like it–but go back to it the next day.”

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