Even though the publishing world is changing daily, we can rely on two things:
1. Great stories will always engage our imaginations
2. Written stories offer an experience that oral or visual storytelling cannot. When reading prose, the reader uses all her senses, however briefly, to attend to the words of the author. She focuses her eyes on the page (or screen), thus eliminating visual distractions, she hears the words in her head, and – when a match is made between reader and writer – those words fall into her heart and stay there forever.
The depth of this engagement allows the reader’s imagination to conjure the author’s world fully, the experience becomes her own, and then turns into a memory. The intimate and permanent nature of that interaction can never be matched by listening to an MP3 or watching a video.
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