As writers, we strive to discover and produce that magical combination that will carry the reader into a new world. I think this quote from Terrence Des Pres explains how to create what he calls “a priceless gift.”
It also explains why writers are famous for day dreaming and why they rely on their craft to vividly broadcast those daydreams in the imagination of the reader.
I came across this quote when I was reading a story in The New Yorker about author John Irving who recently released Avenue of Mysteries. You may know him better from his World According to Garp.
His latest book is on my reading list. I like the concept he used to advance his protagonist’s journey. He discusses it in this book trailer: