- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250051037
- ISBN-13: 978-1250051035
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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 is an award-winning teacher and writer. She is currently the Jenny Hunter Endowed Professor at Hunter College where she started Hunter's MFA in Memoir program. She has published seventeen books, among them Virginia Woolf, named one of the most important books of the 20th century by The Women's Review of Books, and the groundbreaking Writing as a Way of Healing. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY, and Upper Montclair, NJ with her husband.
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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.