Laurel Yourke, on p. 202 of her book, Take your Characters to Dinner (Lanham, NY: University Press of America, Inc., 2000), defines "suspension of belief" as:
The uwritten contract between writer and reader to disregard the cutomary boundaries of reality while visiting the fictional world.It's what has to happen when the reader opens your book. If he or she gets past the 1st page, and you maintain that narrative drive, you and your reader have a deal.
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