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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 write—not what’s in his heart but—what 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.