|Lost in a good book|
We are together
Drama, art, music and stories offer all of us an opportunity to escape some elements of our personality and winkle out qualities we didn't know we had. I can often walk out of a cinema feeling all ballsy, just because some feisty film heroine managed to set the world to rights. Novels too can inspire and take us into realms we would never have ventured into alone.
Such feelings of empathy grow out of the powerful communion between writer and reader, actor and audience, artist and observer. When we interact through the medium of art, we share experiences and learn new things about ourselves, whichever side we are on. The thriller writer Stephen King describes this relationship with his readers as an act of telepathy. "We're not even in the same year together, let along the same room ... except we are together. We're close. We're having a meeting of minds."
My daughter shared her thespian adventure with the playwright, the children she acted alongside, the drama teacher who directed them and an indulgent audience. It may only have been a school production, but it was still a magical meeting of minds.
FURTHER READINGOn Writing by Stephen King
A memoir of Stephen King's craft as well as an inspiring and entertaining handbook for other would-be writers.