To tell a story is magic

I recently finished reading “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. The story was a romantic adventure following a magical circus that only appears at midnight. The descriptions were stunning & made you feel like you were really experiencing the thrill of the circus – from the high flying trapeze to the warmth of a magical bonfire and the sweet taste of caramel apples!

I won’t give anything away πŸ˜‰ but I really liked a quote from the very end of the book & felt like it was appropriate for the first day of NaNoWriMo!

“[I tell] Stories…” Widget says. “I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narrative. It’s not that important —”

“It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasure and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. …There are many kinds of magic, after all.”

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