The ultimate self-help guide: Kerouac’s “30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life”

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Recently we looked at Miller’s 11 Commandments for Writing – pretty straight-forward, concise, and helpful stuff, right?

Well, our bro Kerouac also made up lists too (sometimes lists of lists, even), including his “30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life,” which you can read in its entirety here.

As you can see, it’s a bit more, err existential than Miller’s list, but pretty useful nonetheless.

Who needs Dr. Phil when you got liberating nuggets of wisdom like “Like Proust be an old teahead of time” and “Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better.”

The list was allegedly tacked on the wall of Allen Ginsberg’s hotel room in North Beach a year before his iconic poem “Howl” was written—which is of little surprise, given Ginsberg readily admitted Kerouac’s influence and even noted in the dedication of Howl and Other Poems that he took the title from Kerouac.

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