Writing as a meditative act — Learn the skill of slow writing
Isidra Mencos

To start with, hand writing a few pages is not really in the cards for me. Arthritis makes it to painful. Even if that wasn’t the case, my hand can’t keep up with my mind. In any case, I don’t think of slow writing as ‘slow’ in the act, but more as you put it in your article, slow in process.

For instance, I wrote a short story thirty years ago that different people thought ought to be a novel. A form which I knew nothing about. With the aid of my writers group I stepped off and converted the story into chapters one and two. Over the past year I’m up to chapter 16. Not actually wearing the letters off the keyboard with this. The process has been slow. My writing has been maturing over the past year as well and although I revise as I go with the help of my friends I am looking forward to a whole novel revision when I finally finish.

I have intuitively, hit your bullet points except for the multi-revision of the completed story. I, as a newbie, haven’t gotten into outlining. I write in a linear fashion. I have a friend that writes scenes as they come to her that may or may not fit into her book chapters away from where she is at in it. I can’t do that. I use point one liberally, I think about it A LOT. Then write to tie it together and think on it some more. By the time I get to the end I will have had revisions one through who knows.

I think what you put forth here is the 80% of writers. The outliers are the snails and the cheetahs. They have their styles. One friend writes to perfection each scene and never revises again and he has a published book. Another friend is finished with his first and half-way through his second novel in the same period as it has taken me to get sixteen chapters.

I think the greatest value to an article like this is for those that are struggling to find their pace, or style. There is good advice for those to think on and perhaps gain some control over their effort.

Thank you for your time to share the insight in this article.

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