“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl
Magic is something I will always love. It’s the essence of all books, whether they are fantasy or fiction. You never forget the feeling of believing–for just a moment–that what you’ve read is true. Magic does that. It seeps into your veins and gives you hope. We all want to feel that way when we read a story.
So what makes a story magical? Beautiful prose, enchanted places, fairy tale creatures, spells and mysterious tomes, an abandoned tower in the woods, a dark alley in a ravaged city. Anything can be magical if written with the right words. Words are powerful; words are portals to other realms, gateways that only open when you read or write.
“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” ―Jefferson, Once Upon a Time
The best stories are the ones that trick you into believing magic has been there all along, when in truth it was never mentioned. Every author aspires to write that story: the story that captivates the reader into shocked silence. Some writers may never get there, but we’ll try nonetheless, because we remember how it feels to believe in something. In magic. In hope. In stories.
Write the story you want to write, but give it magic. Let it breathe and thrive on its own. Then release it into the world so it may affect others as it did you. It’s only fair to share the magic of words.