Slowing Down Your Creative Process

Sometimes I need to slow down and remember that everything doesn’t have to happen so fast. It makes me think about how the simple act of communicating used to take hours. Preparing your pen and ink, writing a letter, and then waiting for a response.

In his 1876 book, How to Write Letters, J. Willis Westlake says:

“Take pains; write as plainly and neatly as possible — rapidly if you can, slowly if you must. Good writing affects us sympathetically, giving us a higher appreciation both of what is written and of the person who wrote it. Don’t say, I haven’t time to be so particular. Take time; or else write fewer letters and shorter ones. A neat well-worded letter of one page once a month is better than a slovenly scrawl of four pages once a week. In fact, bad letters are like store bills: the fewer and the shorter they are, the better pleased is the recipient.”

It puts things into perspective! Rather than rushing, take your time.