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    (warning language) Advice from Henry Miller to writers

    I love this! Reminds me of Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of writing which are also perfect. Anyway, thought this would be the place to post:

    Advice to a Young Writer…Henry Miller

    All piffle & twaddle–influence of Bottom Dog man
    For real “decadents” read Huysmans & other French authors.
    Diarrhea of words–stew of classic allusions.
    Fuck Artemis et alia!
    Don’t put intellect in your prick!
    Write honestly even if poorly.
    Humor is weak–immature.
    Try drugs and compare two kinds of writing.
    Try using only Anglo-Saxon words.
    Throw your dictionary away!
    Don’t mix realism with poetics!
    If you can’t make words fuck, don’t masturbate them!
    When you speak of Cunt put hair on it!
    Try to forget everything you learned in college.
    Try talking like an ignoramus-or an Igaroti.
    Read, for emetic, “Palm Wine Drinkard.”
    You will learn to write only when you stop trying to write.
    A line without effort is worth a chapter of push and pull.
    First ask yourself if you have anything to say.
    Don’t draw the pen unless you are ready for the kill!
    If you don’t get rid of the Classics you’ll die of constipation.
    Never show any one what you’ve written until a year or two later.
    Use the axe to your 1st draft and not the fine comb.
    The latter is for lice!!!


    Smiles & hope helpful. sas

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    Some real gems hidden in there, particularly:

    Try to forget everything you learned in college.

    You will learn to write only when you stop trying to write.

    Throw your dictionary away.

    Technically, the last one should be "throw your thesaurus away and leave your dictionary where it is".
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    "One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I'll never know." ~ Groucho Marx.

    "It is better to be feared than loved, if one cannot be both". ~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.

    "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer". ~ Bruce Lee.

    "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few". ~ Shunryu Suzuki.

    "Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face". ~ Oscar Wilde.

    "He who learns but does not think is lost; he who thinks but does not learn is in great danger". ~ Confucius.

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    He does have a way of putting things.
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    I've found this to be true:

    A line without effort is worth a chapter of push and pull.

    I've a dispute with this one:

    First ask yourself if you have anything to say.

    Sometimes I start writing one thing, and end up with something completely different. Probably why I'm not well known.

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