Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Daily Dos

One of my assignments this week is to write a short story set in the Great Depression.

Well, as I was doing a bit of research, I ran across quite a gem.

It’s the Daily Routine used by writer and artist Henry Miller back in 1932 –

If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.

If in fine fettle, write.


Work on section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.


See friends. Read in cafés.

Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.

Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.

Paint if empty or tired.

Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of manuscript.

Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.

Yeah, I know it was the Great Depression and all, but right now that routine sounds like a little piece of heaven to me.

PROMPT: What’s your Daily Routine? Does it need a revamp? I, for one, could use more sketching in cafés and trains and streets! How about you?

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