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The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity Kindle Edition
In a series of conversational observations and meditations on the writing process, The Art of Slow Writing examines the benefits of writing slowly.
DeSalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time. She writes in the same supportive manner that encourages her students, using the slow writing process to help them explore the complexities of craft. The Art of Slow Writing is the antidote to self-help books that preach the idea of fast-writing, finishing a novel a year, and quick revisions. DeSalvo makes a case that more mature writing often develops over a longer period of time and offers tips and techniques to train the creative process in this new experience.
DeSalvo describes the work habits of successful writers (among them, Nobel Prize laureates) so that readers can use the information provided to develop their identity as writers and transform their writing lives. It includes anecdotes from classic American and international writers such as John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence as well as contemporary authors such as Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie. DeSalvo skillfully and gently guides writers to not only start their work, but immerse themselves fully in the process and create texts they will treasure.
“Leavened by her own elegant and energetic prose, The Art of Slow Writing distills the wisdom of long experience. Whether in the classroom or on the page, DeSalvo is that rare teacher who is both exacting and inspiring.” ―Kathryn Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of Enchantments, The Kiss, and The Binding Chair
“I want to hand a copy of Slow Writing to every writer I know and every writer I don't know. This book is a gift. Its insights are unparalleled. Louise DeSalvo takes the reader on a joyful, unforgettable journey of reflection and pathos. I can't thank DeSalvo enough for writing this wise, accessible yet intensely researched master meditation on writing. Read it more than once-- the first time for pleasure and many more times for its invaluable insights into the craft.” ―Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
“In this wise and insightful book, Louise DeSalvo draws from her own rich experience - as well as from that a variety of writers - to make the persuasive case that good writing takes time. As I read, I found myself underlining, dog-earing pages, writing notes in the margin, inspired by DeSalvo's passion and focus. Deep immersion in the process of writing, she says, yields results that surprise and delight us; our work is stronger, more nuanced, and more compelling. The Art Of Slow Writing is a welcome reminder that in this fast-paced world, some things should not be rushed.” ―Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
“DeSalvo turns what might have been an exercise in navel-gazing into a lively and inspiring guide for writers of all stripes. Buy two copies--the first will quickly sprout dog-ears.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Louise DeSalvo (1942-2018) was the multi-award-winning author of such memoirs as Vertigo, Breathless, and Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family. She was also a renowned feminist scholar and essayist who wrote about such literary figures as D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Virginia Woolf. Her book Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work was named one of the most important books of the twentieth century by the Women’s Review of Books.
A professor of English, Louise taught creative writing and literature at Hunter College where she implemented the school’s MFA in Memoir program, and she wrote several books on creative writing including Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives and The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Times, Craft, and Creativity.
- ASIN : B00ILWRIFE
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (October 7, 2014)
- Publication date : October 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 680 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 334 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250051037
- Best Sellers Rank: #708,112 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book belabors these points over and over, to the point that I felt coddled. If there are good ideas in here, they're hidden behind massive amounts of prose and irrelevant side-characters. This book is a mish-mash of memoir, self-help, and literature non-fiction, but it is not a coherent work. Any lessons in here about writing are only to be learned incidentally.
The author is a highly accomplished academic writer, publishing many books on literature figures, but connecting with others' process of writing is not her forte. I think what the author was trying to convey is "writing is really hard and that's ok". Which is a great message, but this book did not get me excited to go write. Though it did make me write this, so.....mission accomplished lol.
For anyone looking for a good book on the difficulty of writing that will also make you super excited to write is Stephen King's "On Writing". That book is incredible and I found myself putting the book down pretty often because I wanted to go write instead of read more, which I think King would think is the best possible outcome of a book on the craft of writing.
This book felt like a handbook to me. My copy of the work is dog-eared and underlined. The fly-leaf features notes with page numbers of passages I found especially useful. She even suggests a flexible formula for the beginning writer on page 240: ABDCE. Curious? Buy the book!
DeSalvo never confuses "slow" with "uninspired" or "careless." Rather she distills the wisdom of her long experience as she examines the patience and endurance required in the writing process. Her meditative approach to writing along with advice I can use earns this book a 5-star review, one I seldom accord any book, particularly one on writing.
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The author is obviously nuts about Virginia Woolf. I found it interesting how the author has spend a lot of time reading Virginia Woolf's diaries and journals and gleaning insight about processes of writing from them.
If you're looking for something to buck you up, give you courage or bring you, as an author, back to earth and realise that you're not the only one who has problems, then, you can't go wrong with this book.