Our Craving for Illusion

    Readers want illusion. They want to be fascinated and charmed, and why not? And we writers have to use our witchery and glamour to provide this desired state of being. It doesn’t matter what we write, as anything agreeable will do. Even when reading the daily news, a reader still appreciates the illusion of being drawn into the scene, mind and senses engaged.

    But how about the truth?


    Yes, a reader may want that, as well, and maybe even a steady diet of it.


    But this doesn’t take away from or even stand at odds with his craving for illusion. For no matter what he’s reading—fact or fiction—he’d like it to be presented agreeably and made as fascinating and as charming as your wizardry will allow. Add some enchantment, and he might even read to the very end.


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