Write Now: Daydreams May Help With Writing Process

How many times have you had a great dream and you couldn’t remember it when you woke up?

You are not alone.

Many people fall victim to not remembering their dreams.

Why does dreaming have to be done when you sleep?

You may keep a writing pad by your bed when you sleep to maybe write down ideas as they come to you.

Or you may want to set aside time for daydreaming.

Yes, daydreaming.

If you are a fiction writer and you want to get ideas, give yourself permission to daydream. You will be surprised at the outcome. It sounds silly, but it’s not. Think of all the times when you saw a student daydreaming in class only to be caught by the teacher. I am not saying daydream during an important activity, like school or work, but plan for it when you know you will have some down time.

And let your thoughts flow.

The best thing about daydreaming is there is no right or wrong way to do it. You can sit on a chair and gaze out a window. You can go to a park and observe nature. You can go to your favorite hang and observe people. You can lay on a couch or bed and stare at a ceiling or another fixed point in the room.

My point is anywhere you can begin daydreaming is fine. There is no one place better than another. It’s whatever makes you comfortable and calm. You may want to bring a pad of paper and a pen, or any other device to record your thoughts, so you can access them later. I guess the sky is the limit (no pun intended).

But most of all, don’t feel guilty about taking time to daydream and letting your mind wander. When you have a few ideas, you may want to try incorporating them into your writing. You could begin something new or use an idea to build upon an already existing work.

Maybe you are working on a chapter, and one of your thoughts provided you information to finish it and move on to the next chapter. Or one of your thoughts may have given you plot points for another writing adventure. After spending time daydreaming, you may find that you have four pages of thoughts. It’s your job to flesh them out, and see if they have a life of more than just two or three paragraphs. If that’s all you can muster from one though, then maybe reserve those words for later, and start on another thought.

Who knows, maybe your two thoughts can mingle and become one.

If you don’t try, you will never know if daydreaming works for you. Daydreaming may help with your writing process.

It’s better than staring at a blank page or blank computer screen hoping you will become inspired. If you have a thought and transfer it to paper or screen, then, maybe, one sentence becomes a paragraph, and three paragraphs become a page, and soon you will have written 2,000 words or close to eight pages which is a very good start for writing project.

It’s that hard.

It’s that easy.


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