Sheree Angela Matthews is creating space for slow writing
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Sheree Angela Matthews, Creatrix.
Creative home @
livingwildstudios

The Art of Slow Writing
“When our lives change, when the world changes, we must reinvent ourselves as writers.” - Louise DeSalvo.

Taking inspiration from Louise DeSalvo’s book, The Art of Slow Writing, I’m choosing to create fine writing; writing of quality and writing of worth. I believe in order for this to happen, I need to find my way back to slow writing.

Slow writing is a meditative practice, creating time and space for understanding my relationship to my writing, the writing process and working towards my best work. 

I want to write words that will make a difference. I have a writing project in mind which explores a black woman’s life and death. It is a cry for social justice. It is a cry for freedom and love.

I write in solitude. But I also love to connect with other people. I don’t want to complete this project in isolation. I want to have your eyes as witness as well as your voices cheering. 

”Creating fine work can only be achieved by a slow, consistent dedication to our craft,” DeSalvo has written.  I heed this reminder and warning.  We live in a society where speed is valued over taking our time. Productivity, the end product, is deemed more valuable than the process.

Our expectations as writers is that we should work quickly. We measure our worth by the number of pages we complete rather than by the excellence of the work. I was caught up in this spiral before where I made mistakes trying to feed the attention machine. The pressure to keep producing the next best thing in shorter and shorter time periods. It is dangerous. 

John Steinbeck was told to work faster by his editor; to produce more than his two pages a day. Steinbeck’s response was,  “l [now] find I am hurrying to get through my day’s work .... It is a destructive suggestion ... A book, as you know, is a very delicate thing. If it is pressured, it will show that pressure. So - no more increase.”

I say, no more, too. I want to slow things right down. Slow down the writing process and really dig into the practice and craft of writing. I want to serve my apprenticeship, learn and hone my writing, readying myself for the deeper work that will come through with my own unique voice attached.

It takes many drafts to create a work of art.

Do you want to support me in this revolutionary practice?

I view Patreon as acting like the patrons of old. A patron was a person who gave financial and other support to an artist or writer as she learnt and developed her craft and/or fell on hards times. A patron alleviated financial worries, leaving the creator the time and space to create at their own pace. To create the masterpieces. 

Patreon is making it easy for you to become my patron of today, and hopefully tomorrow. Through a system of monthly patronage, you can help to financially support me as I work towards the completion of this poetic collection, at the same time as reflecting on the process.
Your patronage is providing the much needed mentorship I need from an established poet  who is supporting me through the writing stages of my poetry. 

There are various reward packages that correspond to different levels of patron membership. I hope you can find a one that best suits you. All contributions are appreciated. I am truly grateful for the support you are able to provide. 

Make A One-Time Contribution (PayPal)



Tiers
Studio Notes Special
$1 or more per month
* newsletter subscribers’ entry level

* Patreon posts only


I get you ...
$3 or more per month
Patreon only posts
I get you ... and I want to support you
$5 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

I get you, support you. Show me product
$10 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

*Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

I get you ... and I want some slow writing too
$20 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

*Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

I get you ... and I want slow mail
$30 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

* Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

* Monthly handwritten art card containing original writing through snail mail.

I get you ... and I really want to gift you the time and space to explore.
$40 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

* Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

* Monthly handwritten art card containing original writing through snail mail.

*Quarterly, handmade chapbook/ zine through snail mail.

Goals
7 of 10 patrons
When I get 10 patrons I will start sharing my Patreon posts and sneaky peaks into my ideas notebook.  
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Sheree Angela Matthews, Creatrix.
Creative home @
livingwildstudios

The Art of Slow Writing
“When our lives change, when the world changes, we must reinvent ourselves as writers.” - Louise DeSalvo.

Taking inspiration from Louise DeSalvo’s book, The Art of Slow Writing, I’m choosing to create fine writing; writing of quality and writing of worth. I believe in order for this to happen, I need to find my way back to slow writing.

Slow writing is a meditative practice, creating time and space for understanding my relationship to my writing, the writing process and working towards my best work. 

I want to write words that will make a difference. I have a writing project in mind which explores a black woman’s life and death. It is a cry for social justice. It is a cry for freedom and love.

I write in solitude. But I also love to connect with other people. I don’t want to complete this project in isolation. I want to have your eyes as witness as well as your voices cheering. 

”Creating fine work can only be achieved by a slow, consistent dedication to our craft,” DeSalvo has written.  I heed this reminder and warning.  We live in a society where speed is valued over taking our time. Productivity, the end product, is deemed more valuable than the process.

Our expectations as writers is that we should work quickly. We measure our worth by the number of pages we complete rather than by the excellence of the work. I was caught up in this spiral before where I made mistakes trying to feed the attention machine. The pressure to keep producing the next best thing in shorter and shorter time periods. It is dangerous. 

John Steinbeck was told to work faster by his editor; to produce more than his two pages a day. Steinbeck’s response was,  “l [now] find I am hurrying to get through my day’s work .... It is a destructive suggestion ... A book, as you know, is a very delicate thing. If it is pressured, it will show that pressure. So - no more increase.”

I say, no more, too. I want to slow things right down. Slow down the writing process and really dig into the practice and craft of writing. I want to serve my apprenticeship, learn and hone my writing, readying myself for the deeper work that will come through with my own unique voice attached.

It takes many drafts to create a work of art.

Do you want to support me in this revolutionary practice?

I view Patreon as acting like the patrons of old. A patron was a person who gave financial and other support to an artist or writer as she learnt and developed her craft and/or fell on hards times. A patron alleviated financial worries, leaving the creator the time and space to create at their own pace. To create the masterpieces. 

Patreon is making it easy for you to become my patron of today, and hopefully tomorrow. Through a system of monthly patronage, you can help to financially support me as I work towards the completion of this poetic collection, at the same time as reflecting on the process.
Your patronage is providing the much needed mentorship I need from an established poet  who is supporting me through the writing stages of my poetry. 

There are various reward packages that correspond to different levels of patron membership. I hope you can find a one that best suits you. All contributions are appreciated. I am truly grateful for the support you are able to provide. 

Make A One-Time Contribution (PayPal)



Recent posts by Sheree Angela Matthews

Tiers
Studio Notes Special
$1 or more per month
* newsletter subscribers’ entry level

* Patreon posts only


I get you ...
$3 or more per month
Patreon only posts
I get you ... and I want to support you
$5 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

I get you, support you. Show me product
$10 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

*Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

I get you ... and I want some slow writing too
$20 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

*Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

I get you ... and I want slow mail
$30 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

* Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

* Monthly handwritten art card containing original writing through snail mail.

I get you ... and I really want to gift you the time and space to explore.
$40 or more per month
* Patreon only posts

* Open Notebooks - get behind the scene details of my slow writing process, reflections and snippets.

* Early drafts and finished pieces ( probably poetry)

* Monthly writing workshop to get us all slow writing.

* Monthly handwritten art card containing original writing through snail mail.

*Quarterly, handmade chapbook/ zine through snail mail.