5 Burning Questions With Jon S. Patton


  1. What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Stopping all the new ideas so I can finish what you already st …. OOH SHINY!

  1. What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Practicing several instruments, building audio electronics, pretending that my day job has meaning, reading, and listening to music.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) in 5 words or less.

Writing: pretending you know things.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

Figuring out how to use music to fill in the gaps in sense that writing what are essentially form poems. Also, writing a song doesn’t take over my entire life and brain functions lie writing novels, which is what I used to do. There are no in betweens. An idea is either small enough to be examined in three verses and a chorus or requires the construction of an entire world. The fact that I can finish a song in a couple days, including recording it, and publish it at a very low cost on my own and expect someone besides my dad to read it totes has nothing to do with it.

  1. Have you ever done something unusual for the sake of your writing? What was it and how did it work out?

February Album Writing Month: write and record a 14-song album in the month of February. Looking forward to finish my fourth. I will keep doing it until it no longer suits me, so I guess it has worked out.

And a bonus question submitted by Anthony Moll at our last reading: 

Would you rather have sausages for fingers or have your name be “Do you smell that”?

I’ll take the name. Sausages are delicious and while I have an appreciable amount of self-control, I don’t know if I could hold out my whole life. Sometimes I get hungry.

To learn more about Jon, you can visit jonpattonmusic.com and Midwayfair.org.

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