It's been a while since my last blog post. Sorry about that. Time escapes me so quickly, and to that end, I post my next blog entry in honor of Halloween and haunted stories...
Many readers tell me that a good book should help them escape.
They're usually pretty vague after that, as if the word "escape" covers
It's up to our imagination to guess what so many
people want to escape from: their troubles, their cares, monotony
But then I realize that for the writer, it
doesn't matter what each person wants to leave behind, only that they
want to leave something behind. It's my job to make whatever is
on the page more introspective and interesting than the personal
problems a reader may have at the moment.
I think, is also the essence of Halloween. It's a night to throw-off
the mundane, to be less serious, to discard the ordinary.
seems a little morbid that so many of us want to enter another person's
reality in order to gain respite from our own. Whenever we pick up a
book, it offers the chance to trade our problems for another person's.
for writers most people are willing to make this bargain.
spend time on taxes, bills, the dishes, or taking out the trash? No.
People would much rather run from Michael Meyers, hunt vampires, or try
to survive a zombie apocalypse. Scary stories can make hearts race and
palms sweat. When was the last time household chores ignited our need
So to the goal of escapism, I raise a toast
of Halloween cider. For if a good story helps us escape, then what is
an author but an escape artist?
Harry Houdini, us authors don't have to chain ourselves up and get in
our underpants to do our job. We can do it from the safety of our
For the writer, then, there's a little
You didn't think the readers had all the
fun, did you?