WRITING TIP: Trust the illogical

freewritingThe mainstream culture tends to emphasize logic, science and reason as the soundest base on which to build our lives. That may be true if you are constructing a machine, but start applying it to the subjective reality of human life and it can easily infect our creative possibilities. New things come into being when we are able to look beyond our logical expectations — to place our trust in the illogical world of dreams and imagination. JG Ballard put it this way: “I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”