What makes it Magical

You know how it feels when you find a really good book, you know what I mean, when you don’t feel like you’re reading the story or watching a movie of the story, but the ones where you feel like you are a part of the story? That’s what it feels like when I’m sucked into a story I’m writing. The rest of the world fades and the people around me often have to say my name several times before it registers that they’re talking to me.

I’m starting to get this way on my current story. I know my characters well enough that they’ll either talk to me or better yet, through me. Sometimes, I find myself mentally arguing with them about what I want to happen and what they tell me is happening. Once in a while I even find things on the screen that I didn’t consciously think. Those are often some of the best passages, at least in my opinion. Either way, I love it when it happens, it’s part of what makes writing magical for me. Do you write? What makes it magical for you?