I’m a daydreamer who can often be found tuning out staff meetings or staring blankly at the floor. One of my college friends once remarked that I was probably interested in creative writing because I’m so spacey. I took it as a compliment. Also, she was totally right: I plot my stories when I daydream, giving the characters free rein.
I go to my daydreaming place when I’m bored, and I’ve become pretty adept at flipping that switch. But more and more, I find I’m losing the time to daydream. The lures of the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, blogs…) can be too powerful to resist when I feel boredom creeping up. I’ve seen other writers lament on Twitter that they should be writing, so I know I’m not alone in this.
My solution lately has been to take walks during lunchtime. I almost always go alone. I work near a park with cross-crossing sidewalks, an oboe player who sits beneath a sculpture of an angel, a duck pond, and an old carousel. On a nice day, it’s a vibrant area in which to grab snippets of conversation or to simply let my mind meander for a while. I’ve used these solitary walks to work through plot snags in my current manuscript and to plot my next WIP. Sometimes I have to drag myself out the door, but it’s always worth it. I return to my desk feeling like my thoughts have settled.
It seems like a funny and impractical thing to schedule time to daydream, but my writing has benefitted from those breaks from the real world. Do you sometimes struggle to find the time to daydream? When do you fit in play time for your mind?