“Imagination rules the world.”
“The mind without an imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, happiness, which are everything in this world.”
Imagination — the faculty of image-making — how lucky we are To have this transformative tool in our writer’s kit bag! Every day we have the chance to play in boundless fields, to discover the new worlds, and to open their borders to the readers who join us. Consider the joys we all share, whether we write fiction or nonfiction:
We’re storytellers: We rescue or conjure up the tales that make life interesting and give it meaning. Here’s A pithy definition of “story” from my handy Compact Oxford Dictionary: “An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.” That about sums it up, doesn’t it?
We conquer time and space: As writers, there’s no place we can’t go, no time we can’t travel to, no world we can’t inhabit. Every day we pull on our seven-league boots and leap across the boundaries that confine the rest of the world. “Love is time and distance measured by the heart,” Proust once said. So is storytelling.
We make believe: What’s headier and more entrancing than making people believe in a world we’ve fashioned out of memory, imagination, and desire? We offer people an escape route from their everyday lives. Like magicians, we transport them from where they are to where they never even imagined on their own that they might be.
We offer hope: We create the legends and romances that lift people’s aspirations beyond the bounds of their own experience and everyday lives. We Give the heart hope and the soul nourishment.
I just learned that “to story” was once a verb. Turner Classic’s motto is “Let’s movie” — I think ours should be “Let’s story” — write on!