I'm not talking just about sitting down and channeling, letting your characters and stories write themselves. There is magic there, certainly, but I'm talking about the actual act of writing. Essentially, what we're doing when we write is using symbols on a page to project our thoughts into the minds of future readers. We're making sure our thoughts will outlast our bodies. We're practicing magic.
Supposing we each told someone: “I'm going to put some symbols on this paper, and then you'll be able to go back in time and read my mind at this exact moment,” would any of our someones believe us, or would they tell us that magic isn't real?