Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Every Novel Has a Living Soul." -Don Pendleton

A Meeting of the Minds ... 

"Well, I believe that every novel has a living soul. It is a fragment of your own soul, if you are the novelist, added to a fragment of the world soul that stole as an essence into your imaginative creative mind and then re-imaged through your rationale and clothed for travel to another mind. Something very special and magical has happened there. In that joining of minds between author and reader, in a satisfying novel, a larger quality leaps off the pages, a quality larger than the author and larger than the reader, larger than the two combined; it is a quantum leap, larger even than the sum of all its parts.

"I don't know what it is. I have written something more than a hundred books, but I still do not know what it is."

~Don Pendleton, from The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist

A book for aspiring writers and for those who desire to know more about the creative process of writing.