Over at the The Story Department an anonymous writer “Mystery Man” elucidates on “8 Effective Writing Approaches in Atlas Shrugged”:

In any case, I could not put the book down. I flew through the thousand pages without a sweat. It’s amazing to me how on the one hand, some 120-page amateur screenplays require monumental acts of willpower to get through them and yet, on the other hand, there are giant, thousand-page books that are hopelessly addictive. Why is that?

What is it about one story that makes it addictive and another one arduous? How can a writer hold a reader’s attention so intensely for so many pages?

While I didn’t agree with every idea advocated in the book, I’m not here to impose my own political or philosophical ideas. I’m here to talk about the craft of writing, and I must admit, there were some fabulous approaches to the art of storytelling that are worth mentioning. [Who is John Galt?]

We think the Atlas Shrugged producers obviously missed this one.

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