delusion |diˈloō zh ən|
nounan idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder
I am delusional at times. More Space was a delusional attempt to change a mistaken viewpoint about how bloggers were not really writers.
Delusion is an important quality. You can be taken advantage of in that state, but delusion also gives you room to create wonderful things that most thought impossible. I wonder if, at some point, we'll accept delusion as necessary rather than mistaken.
Probably not. Look at the thesaurus alternatives:
misapprehension, misconception, misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misbelief; fallacy, illusion, fantasy.
It's funny because based on these alternative meanings, delusion is a word you apply after the fact. "That was clearly a mistake; they must have been delusional." The result leads to the label. Genius if you succeed; fool if you fail.
Publishing is based at some level on delusion. The rational argument is that only a small number of books will reach any sort of commercial success. If we accepted reality, no one would waste the time, the effort, or the money.
Authors have to embrace their delusions.