On her blog, Cynthia Newberry Martin recently spoke of wishful thinking and my comment to her was this:
Wishes are hopes, and hope is the carrot on the stick that keeps us moving forward in life. Hope is what keeps us alive. So my answer to the question: what would we do without wishful thinking? is that–emotionally, spiritually or physically–we would die.
Wishful thinking is the impetus of creativity. There are numerous ways to create, including: in a studio, workshop, kitchen, garden … and with a keyboard. For what other reason do we write fiction than to give life to our wishful thinking?
Love is perfect, crimes are solved, new worlds emerge, the meek triumph, fears are faced and survived, the human condition revealed and explored, these are our hopes, our dreams, our wishes composed of words.
We ask, “What if?” and the story begins. Life goes on.