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Posted by John L. Pattillo on November 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

     You read and you respond.  You say to yourself, "What a wonderful way this author has!"  When you sit down to write, you may say, "I would love to write in such a wonderful way."

     All well and good.  But if you try to ape that author you admire, you will be...an ape.  You will be false.  Your words will not be the mirror of your  thoughts...

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"To Make You See"

Posted by John L. Pattillo on September 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

   

     According to Ayn Rand, an artist projects his values by making them concrete.  For example, a hero is someone who is courageous, determined, honest, has integrity, and so forth.  But merely to state those things makes you a philosopher, or a moralist, not an artist.

     The artist must make those abstractions concrete through the particular medium o...

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Why did I write it?

Posted by John L. Pattillo on August 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM Comments comments (1)

     I think you should ask this question of any author.  What is their specific reason for writing that?   It really can be a puzzle.  If a novel's main character is a dysfunctional, miserable wretch, why write about him?  No, I really mean this, it baffles me.  What in the world motivates such a project?

    After all, to write a serious novel is not easy.&...

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