It is also sometimes necessary to have a draft paper in order to clarify the processes outlined in the so-called "practical" works.
This then makes it possible to put the steps of the process synthetically in a coherent and clear order, freefrom the jumble and the weird alchemical language.
A break is sometimes necessary in order to make an evolution of our knowledge to approach certain texts fully. We can not really understand or perceive all the information proposed by the author if we do not know his reference language (biblical, mythological ...), and this sometimes requires further research and reading.
Our elders, at least some of them, had a corpus of texts of reference. They fully integrated and practiced the content. This sometimes takes years for a single book.These ideas come from our Greek philosophers of antiquity who already practiced this. Select the best authors, stick to them, and fully integrate their thoughts, even if it is only one small book.
We can not afford to be in superficial knowledge only, and leave us to a bookish bulimia (which is better all the same than anorexia).
However, finding its author, finding its way, its style, this already requires, at first glance, to read, to purify and to clear the Alchemical corpus. This is no small matter. Note also that these "best authors" are not necessarily always those that one believes. And it does not necessarily have to rush but always remain circumspect and critical.