January 27, 2014 by Kira Lyn Blue
1. Writers are Conjurers.
Writers create new people, new places, new technologies, new creatures, whole new worlds all with the power of their minds. The conjure them from thin air and make them real within the pages of their book and the minds of the readers.
2. Writers can control minds.
No, really. I haven’t looked at storm drains the same since reading Stephen King’s It as a teenager. Writers could be considered to possess the supernatural ability to induce emotions in others. Their thrillers induce tension and excitement. Their romances make us swoon and lust. A death of a favorite character can send us in search of a box of tissues. They can repulse us with their villains and make us crave vengeance just as much as their characters do. We celebrate and cheer their victories right alongside them.
3. Writers are Masters of Misdirection.
Just like any good stage illusionist, writers know how to direct the mind to see what they want you to see so you don’t see the twist, the betrayal, or recognize the killer until the perfect time when it has the most emotional punch. Or, better yet, to guess just how the hero, heroine, or unexpected ally will save the day!
Harry Houdini who? Illusionists might free themselves from shackles while locked in a trunk underwater, but writers free hundred, thousands, millions of people with a single book! Fiction can provide a fun, entertaining escape from the real world and it’s troubles for a short period of time. Escapism? Maybe, but it’s also a stress reducer and the best books go far beyond simple entertainment.
5. Writers create Wonder.
That feeling of wonder and amazement at seeing something new and inexplicable done by a stage magician writers can also capture. They do it by showing us new worlds, new people, new ideas, new perspectives and taking us on a ride we never expected. It’s something so uniquely special to finish a book and be both thrilled by the story and so touched that you’re sad that there’s not more. Even more so when those characters, themes, and ideas linger on in the back of your mind making you think further about what message the author was trying to send and that broadens your thoughts and perceptions of the world.
And that’s the true magic of writers: their books broaden our world and our understanding of ourselves and others.