I am a big Henry Miller fan, so I was happy last week when I came across a couple of things about him that I hadn’t seen before.
One is this lengthy interview that appeared in The Paris Review in 1962. In it, Miller talks a great deal about his writing process and other thoughts about creativity. A nice example is this response to a question regarding the conditioning a writer goes through:
After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I’d say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you’re walking or shaving or playing a game or whatever, or even talking to someone you’re not vitally interested in. You’re working, your mind is working, on this problem in the back of your head. So, when you get to the machine it’s a mere matter of transfer.