4 comments on “Is My Daydreaming Constructive to Writing Fiction?

  1. I don’t think it’s crazy – but then, I do the same thing. Like you, I often don’t remember the daydreams that eat up so much of my time, but sometimes they do lead to junctures where I have epiphanies worth jotting down. Other times I think they provide an outlet for burning off energy that I can’t make constructive use of, which some people would try to channel into productive activity, but I’ve decided not to kid myself about whether activity is innately productive just because it feels like work and uses up energy. I’m not interested in letting busywork dominate my life, and I know people who would sooner play solitaire and watch television for hours than let their thoughts wander, so I don’t want to be one of those compulsive must-be-busy types. I trust my imagination to chart its own course to a degree, and while some days it doesn’t seem to go anywhere or rehashes a rather worn-out daydream theme ad nauseum, often it leads organically into a productive creative activity, and I think if I didn’t give my imagination permission to risk wasting time it would cramp my creativity as a writer and a critical thinker.

  2. Glad to know I’m not the only one! 🙂 I prefer to daydream than play solitaire or watch tv too, with the exception of a couple of shows.

    • Me too! I get honked at a lot because traffic has moved on yet I’m still sitting there, lost in a better world. 😉

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