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By Dermot Davis

It’s the classic dilemma of the writer: Do you write what’s in your heart or do you write what sells? In this modern age of publishing, there is a vast chasm between the best selling authors that are rich beyond their dreams and… well, everybody else. All Daniel Waterstone ever wanted to do was write the great American novel and change the landscape of modern literature forever. He has two works of literature in print, yet no one is buying. His agent won’t accept his latest masterpiece which he poured his soul into: apparently, the book’s not commercial enough. In a final act of desperation, Daniel decides to writenot what’s in his heart butwhat he thinks will sell. Boy, did he get that one wrong.

Go on a Journey

A book, its story, themes, or concepts, can supercharge imagination or wake-up latent intellect. Reading and storytelling are the earliest forms of time travel. One of life’s greatest joys, reading shapes our destiny.

“Children don’t read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology… They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff…. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don’t expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions."

Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1978

What is a Book?

It is an established fact that reading is an opportunity to transcend one’s reality and limitations of the mind. The primary point of reading, though, outside of educational requirements, is the pleasure, adventure, excitement, and alternate reality provided. Even in this age of distraction, a reader may take a journey, travel to distant worlds, and live vicariously though a book or audio. Readers consider new concepts and expand their consciousness. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."

A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a
living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

~Madeleine L’Engle

If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all.

~François Fénelon

René DESCARTES

“As we were at one time children, and as we formed various judgments regarding the objects presented to our senses, when as yet we had not the entire use of our reason, numerous prejudices stand in the way of our arriving at the knowledge of truth; and of these it seems impossible for us to rid ourselves, unless we undertake, once in our lifetime, to doubt of all those things in which we may discover even the smallest suspicion of uncertainty.”

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
Paulo Coelho
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