our most inexhaustible source of magic

DumbledoreWords are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

–Professor Albus Dumbledore

That quote.

There is so much wisdom packed into that single sentence, whittling it down to nothing but a comment on the writing process seems like cheating it. And yet, what more can I do? If I were to set out to write about all the possible implications of that simple but profound truth, this would be one long post. Like, book-length long. Instead, please accept my apologies and know that I think Dumbledore’s message means a lot more than what follows. A helluva lot more.

Still, the message to writers is a powerful one. We are mages. There is magic in the world, don’t let anyone tell you differently. I’ll say it again: there is magic in the world–real magic–and you and I wield it. Words are powerful things.

Every story you tell has the potential to change lives. I mean that quite literally. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing horror or romance novels or amateur blog fiction or the next great American novel. Your stories mean something. They should certainly mean something to you, and they will, I promise you, mean something to every person who reads them, whether you have an audience of one or thousands.

Furthermore, it’s important that you know and remember this. One, it gives your work purpose, and that can never be underestimated. But, two, it should motivate you in your writing. If you had a magic wand, would you swing that thing around wildly, unconcerned with the potentially disastrous consequences of random spell work flung hither and thither? Not if you have half a brain, you wouldn’t. Likewise, you should be careful with the words you write. They matter.

Said another way, use your power for good, not evil.

To do that, you have to use your power with some intentionality. Know your message. Don’t just write what you think will sell. Whether you’re writing erotica or poetry, write something you believe in. You cast magic with every word. Powerful magic.

Be mindful of the spells you weave.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

3 Responses to our most inexhaustible source of magic

  1. I agree with this completely. 🙂


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