So, let’s talk about suspension of disbelief. I hear these words a lot and a lot of my stories rely on some suspension of disbelief. Actually, all my works do. Because all stories require some suspension of disbelief. Storytelling of all kind is about creating an illusion. Like a magic act. If you’ve ever gone to one, it’s not about pointing out how the tricks work. It’s about admiring the spectacle of it all. When the magic show is actually good and the magician knows what he’s doing at the very least.
Being both a critic, and a writer… describing the willing suspension of disbelief is one of the more touchy spots that I’ve been in. I mean, anything I’ve ever critiqued can be given the defense “haven’t you ever heard of suspension of disbelief?” And everything I’ve ever written - being both a fantasy and a children’s author, can be given the attack “that