Week twenty-three: Know when to pause

It is week twenty-three of 2019. Remember how last week I advised you to try to keep going with your writing during difficult periods, even if you managed to produce only a little bit? Well, it’s also true that there are limits, and sometimes you have to admit it’s time to pause. Last week it was leaf blowers telling me to work through the noise, but this week pneumonia arrived and ordered me to knock it off.

So the newsletter is on hiatus this week as I rest and recover. I do, however, have a recommendation for you: a podcast that is perfect for times when you just need to hear a calm voice telling you that slow can be better. Jocelyn K. Glei’s Hurry Slowly podcast might change the way you think about work, time, leisure, and creativity.

A few of my favorites:

  • A mini-episode that asks the question “Who are you without the doing?”

  • A conversation with Priya Parker that starts on a topic (“transformative gatherings”) that I thought wouldn’t speak to me and then ends up being about deep listening – how to truly see and hear and connect with our fellow humans

  • A conversation with Jenny Odell about the fascinating concept of “context collapse,” among many other things

If you give it a listen, I’d love to hear what you think! Also remember that all of my weekly newsletters are now collected on the Novel Study page on my website. Now’s a good time to catch up on any that you’ve missed.

Here’s to hurrying slowly, y’all,