Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

William H. Gass on writing slowly

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I write slowly because I write badly. I have to rewrite everything many, many times just to achieve mediocrity. Time can give you a good critical perspective, and I often have to go slow so that I can look back on what sort of botch of things I made three months ago. Much of the stuff which I will finally publish, with all its flaws, as if it had been dashed off with a felt pen, will have begun eight or more years earlier, and worried and slowly chewed on and left for dead many times in the interim.

William H. Gass, to the Paris Review

Written by nevalalee

May 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

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  1. It seems to be so much more in an author’s interest to be quick and prolific, and I have tried, oh lord, how I’ve tried. Alas, what Gass says is totally me. Might as well admit it. That’s the kind of writer I am, too.


    May 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  2. As long as you finish, no one really minds how long you take. :)


    May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

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