The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity
by Louise DeSalvo
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PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
Release Date2014-10-07 (added to CC 21 Feb)
Amazon Sales Rank206,180

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.

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(15 Mar)
This is a fantastic book for all writers. It examines the importance of slowing down and taking time through each phase of writing a book. It's also encouraging for those going through writer's block or for busy people who don't think they have the time to write. I rented it from the library but would buy for myself as a reference or to make notes in it.