Write On

Drawing: A peacock quill and ink bottle on a page, with a story written: "Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a beautiful dragon. This dragon had a deep and shameful secret. She could not breathe fire. Caption reads: "Writing is a kind of magic."

Write On blog post by Iris Carden

Writing is a type of magic. Marks on a page transfer ideas from one person’s mind to another’s. I read that on social media once, and it resonated with me.

One of the things I love about writing is that I can create a world have absolutely anything happen in it.  Nothing has to be realistic. It doesn’t have to be believable.  I can suspend laws of physics or causality, or I can create new laws to suit the world I’ve created.

I just tell the story, and if readers like it, they’ll go along with whatever nonsense I’ve come up with, because they don’t care if it’s believable, they only care if it’s interesting or entertaining.

I learned that by reading Stephen King.  I was reading one of his books, when I suddenly realised just how ridiculously unrealistic what was happening in the story was.  Then I immediately dismissed that thought, and re-immersed myself in the story, because it was interesting and well told, and realistic or not, I needed to know what happened.

The weird worlds of my dreams, the strange ideas I have while doing something utterly unrelated to writing, the thoughts that hit me while drawing a picture, all become stories for me to write. 

Hopefully, I’ll tell them well enough that people will be interested and entertained by reading them.  

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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