Who knows why, but the word “enchantment” was floating around in my head this morning just as I woke up as the theme for this post, so I’m going with it.
Enchantment — a lovely word, isn’t it? It rolls off the tongue and almost unspools before you — it reminds me of the yellow brick road Dorothy travels down in The Wizard of Oz.
Consulting my handy dandy New Century Dictionary, it’s interesting to note that the word above “enchantment” is “enchain,” as in “To fasten with or as with a chain or chains; fetter; restrain; hold fast, as the attention.” Slipping below to the word “enchant,” I turned up the following: 1) chant a magic formula against; 2) To subject to magical influence; 3) cast a spell over; bewitch; 4) to influence, as if by a charm; and finally, 5) to delight in a high degree.
Enchanters— along with being authors, writers, wordsmiths, scribes, and scriveners, we are magicians — enchanters and enchantresses (love that word!) As Shakespeare says so well in A Midsummer’s Night Dream:
“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
Readers turn to our pages for many reasons — to find information, to find ideas, to find self-improvement tips. But they also turn to us for hope, for magic, for escape, for a release from the world, to surrender their daily life and cast off the dust of everyday things.
Our stories can weave spells and make the workaday world cease to exist for a time. What a gift we have, what power at our fingertips as we all write on!
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