Learning to Write IV
Started the day by surfing a little. It wasn’t a conscious decision, just something I slipped into. I set off in one direction, really intent on being productive but got waylaid by the scenery and let all ambition evaporate.
I came back with this:
If you think you’re boring your audience, go slower not faster.
and for a while I thought it was about music. But Mahler was concerned for the creative process and although his references were musical they can be descriptive of all the arts, including writing.
Think about pace. In life, if you rush through the day or the week do you end with a sense of achievement?
In writing it is important to be able to pace the narrative. Longer sentences and the ability to retard the action are equally as important as short sentences and fostering the illusion of break-neck speed.
But the Mahler quotation is much more profound than this. It’s something to take through the day with you. Remind yourself of it from time to time. Let it do its work.