Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
What gives an imaginary place life? You can see its landscape across the written page so clearly that you could very well be watching a movie. You can touch the objects around you, smell the air, hear every sound. The author has successfully transported you from this world into theirs. You’re on a journey with a cast of characters you’re just getting to know, swept along the road to wherever the plot takes you.
Some books make for a fast, entertaining read. They are enjoyable in the moment, but ultimately forgettable amidst a growing mound of other books you’ve read over the years. But other books stay with you. For whatever reason, they speak to your heart, burn into your memory. When you think of that imaginary place, there is a deep sense of longing within you. You want to go there again and again—you want to believe that it is not just imaginary…that it is real. When the book ends, you go into a form of silent mourning because you’ve left a little piece of yourself between the pages. The only way to go back is to read it again, and so you do, and over time that place becomes part of who you are.
How does the author do it? There’s no simple answer to that. What speaks to one person’s soul might put a different person right to sleep. In addition to a well-crafted plot and lovable characters, there are certain qualities that seem to exist in each of those unforgettable imaginary places that withstand the test of time.
For all of you who have fallen in love with other people’s worlds over the years, what won your heart? What is the source of that internal ache, that longing to go back even when the adventure is long over?
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