I have a dear Beta reader whose logical mind helps catch inconsistencies and discontinuities in my stories. Every writer should be so lucky as to have such a reader go over their work. When she puts in the margins “this does not make sense to me”— I know it is not a reaction to something that does not exist in the real world, but something that could not exist in the story’s created world.
The story’s scenario must make sense from within. Because the rules of our every day world may not apply, it must really truly absolutely make sense. In the same way that a story told from the point of view of an insane narrator creates an internal perspective that is coherent even if delusional, we must strive to take a reader with us into a delusional state.
Sounds crazy? It sort of is.
Protagonist: “Close the window, it’s cold outside.”
Antagonist: “And if I close the window, will it be warm outside?”
Logic is overrated when it comes to any spiritual flight, and a good story provides just that—
a magical ride.