Saturday, November 17, 2007

Slowly now...




I won't be posting for a few days as I'm away for some writing time with a notebook, the CD a lovely friend made for me, and just one book.

It's the last item that makes my heart race. Just ONE book. How will I cope? I normally take suitcases full, most of which admittedly I never get around to reading. But then it's this one, IN PRAISE OF SLOW by Carl Honore, and I've had it recommended to me so often, I've finally listened. I don't want to rush it - not when the second quote in the book is this one from William Dean Howells: 'People are born and married, and live and die, in the midst of an uproar so frantic that you would think they would go mad of it', and, to be honest, I have been worried I've been going a bit, not mad, but frantic from the franticism recently. So much has happened that I've just put it to one side to think about later because there's even more happening that needs to be put to one side... you get the picture.

And so I'm going to practice sloooow writing. I haven't even taken my laptop. I'll be writing just as fast or slowly as my pencil takes me.

For writing prompts, don't forget to visit Your Messages, or do yourself a favour and read the responses already up. They're absolutely amazing.

2 comments:

Shameless said...

I love the concept of this book ... probably why I moved to France 10 years ago! :-) Have a nice break.

Clare said...

Ooh, this is an interesting concept.

I tend to do everything in a rush, too. Althopugh funnily I don't read quickly. But not out of choice. I'm incapable of reading fast, or at least not on purpose. I'm just a naturally slow reader. I can't absorb stuff otherwise. Not much use for making a living out of writing though...