Tools for playful writing: Daydreams

This is the third post in this series, the first was: Inner Child, the second: Creativity. I originally intended this post to be a podcast, but my voice is all croaky and scary so I will spare you that :)



Some of my most memorable moments as a child were spent on my back in the grass. I loved to lay there, and stare up at the clouds, meanwhile dreaming up whole worlds and ideas. I thought of things I would love to have, love to do, and very often I was accompanied by a notepad, so I could scribble the poems I came up with.
Now I am way past that age, I always sit and stare out of the window whenever I am stuck in my writing.  I look at the clouds floating by, at the lil white puffs on the willow tree, at the cat stalking through the garden, and muse about how the bird stays in the air. Before long I get struck by an idea or something I can do with a story that has been dormant for a while.


How you can tap into that power

Einstein daydreamed


(from Kabuki: the Alchemy by David Mack)
What did you stare at while daydreaming when you were little? Did you gaze at clouds? Or at the way trees played with the wind? Did you love the way the sea crashed into the coast?
Let’s say that you loved clouds. Just turn away from the computer and look at the clouds. Really look at them, watch their shape, watch their colour, the way they race through the sky, the way they bump into each other and merge into one huge cloud. Just let your mind wander, imagine your stress, your tension becomes a cloud and dances with the others.
Then, when your fears and anxiety about your writing have taken a back seat, you will get ideas. You will get “what if” thoughts, or an idea for a completely new project or story. Or you will get a new character that can break your story open.


Accept any outcome

This may not work right away. Accept it and move on to something else, like looking at an old story you have on your hard drive, as I discussed last week.

For me this method took some time to work, as my mind was always talking and keeping me from writing. Now daydreaming never fails. I have more ideas than I have time to write, and whenever I am stuck in a story, I always get an idea how to continue or completely turn it around.


Over to you!

What did you stare at while daydreaming when you were little?
What happens now when you sit and daydream?


This entry was posted by Sylvia on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 13:50 and is filed under Play . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


  1. doreen says:

    I spent so much time doing the same thing as a child!
    I have my desk facing a window and still spend time daydreaming in the clouds…
    Thank you for visiting and following me.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for you comment! Cool! Another cloudgazer!

      I love to spot strange clouds with my camera now, have a folder of those pictures to dream at :)

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