Did your parents or teachers scold you for daydreaming too much? Have you scolded yourself for wasting time wandering la la land?
Well, the wonderful news is: worry no more. It’s all good!
Dreaming and daydreaming are an important part of a writer’s life. It’s through dreams, daydreaming, and meditation that we come up with our best ideas.
I once meditated my way through most of the first chapter of my book. I wasn’t sure how the first chapter should start, so I meditated on it. As I sat quietly in my chair, the story unfolded itself. I saw the attic and all the junk stored away up there. I sat at the antique roll-top desk where the book and letter waited for my main character. After the meditation session, I scrambled to write everything I could remember and, yes, I’ve done many revisions, but the gist of that dream is still my first chapter.
Let dreams become your brainstorming session. No idea is terrible. Just let your imagination run wild like a child in a field of flowers and watch what happens. Let your inner child run free in made-up worlds. Let your child fly, chase unicorns, slay dragons, or anything she wants to do. It might surprise you how moments of quiet help draw out ideas from the dark recesses of the mind so the light can shine on them.
Dreaming is an essential part of the creative process. Make it a part of every personal creative day. Letting your mind wander brings out information from your sub-conscious to your conscious. Even if no ideas venture forth during a “dream-time,” that information returns to the sub-conscious where it percolates until another time.
Have you ever had a dream tell you what to write next? Tell us about it.