Advice from the Masters: Henry Miller

Dec 2, 2015 | Writing A Book

Henry Miller was best known to most people because his books were banned in many places. Here’s how the Paris Review described things in 1962.

“In 1934, Henry Miller, then aged forty-two and living in Paris, published his first book. In 1961 the book was finally published in his native land, where it promptly became a best-seller and a cause célèbre. By now the waters have been so muddied by controversy about censorship, pornography, and obscenity that one is likely to talk about anything but the book itself.”

But a lot of us writers know him for a marvelous list of advice he wrote to himself and included in his book, Henry Miller on Writing. This is number ten on the list.

“Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.”

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