In 1958, a year after the publication of On the Road, American beat poet & novelist Jack Kerouac sent a letter to friend and publisher Donald Allen that included this “list of essentials” for writers of modern prose, written in his own inimitable style.
  2. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  3. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  4. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  5. Be in love with yr life
  6. Something that you feel will find its own form
  7. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  8. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  9. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  10. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  11. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  12. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  13. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  14. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  15. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  16. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  17. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  18. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  19. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  20. Accept loss forever
  21. Believe in the holy contour of life
  22. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  23. Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  24. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  25. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  26. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  27. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  28. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  29. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  30. You're a Genius all the time
  31. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven