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[Teacher-TalkNovel] Where do novels come from

From: Caldwell, John W. <caldwell@dadeschools.net>
Date: Fri Apr 28 2006 - 00:40:01 EDT

Hello everyone! I am taking the second course. I just watched the fourth video last night, "where do novels come from". I want to make a comment on it. My comment is that I had totally forgotten that writing novels is an Art form. You see, I read all the time, - newspapers, journals, magazines, online news reports, and so on. Almost all technical info, and very formal. When I watched the fourth video where Diane Rheem interviewed the lady (I forget her name) who wrote the Harry potter novels, I remembered how I felt when I used to paint and sculpt a few years back. My pulse would race and I would get physically excited. I would talk constantly to anyone who would listen to my ideas. I also remembered how I felt when I took a creative writing class in college. It was the same feeling. It literally overwhelmed me. The authors interviewed expressed the same feelings. I think I feel that anyone who doesnt feel this way really shouldn't be in the business. This is where the phrase "Labor of Love" comes from. A
nything less than this constitutes mediocrity ( I hope I spelled that right). More to the point, Where do novels come from, I am reminded of the "muse", the greek goddess who inspired people to be creative. This seems silly and stupid I know, but years ago, I read an article on Robert E Howard, the author who wrote the Conan the Barbarian novels. He described how he felt he had an out of the body experience when he was writing. He said it was as if some other power was writing through him, as if he were a conduit for some outside force. One thing is for sure, once youve experienced that feeling, it's hard to turn your back on it. It's easy to understand why people will take waiter, or er - teaching jobs to supplement their income while working to persue their Art. I love you all. John PS I personally dont have any sad immigrant stories to tell, but my wife does.

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