WRITING TIP: For greater insight, defy logic

We often write to make sense of our lives, but sticking too close to our own linear story puts a serious limit on our understanding. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,” said Dr. Seuss. “It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” Looking at what is familiar through the lens of imagination opens up insights that chronology and logic keep hidden. In fact, according to GK Chesterton, not engaging the upside down telescope — and trusting too much our logical mind — can have serious repercussions. “Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom,” says Chesterton. “I am not attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.”