I freely admit that I had trouble paying attention in school when I was a kid.
It had nothing to do with the teachers. They were great people, always trying to make lessons fun and engaging so we kids could learn. But despite however hard I tried, I just couldn’t keep focused sometimes. My mind would wander, and I’d daydream almost throughout the day (unless I got to read out of a book, that is…)
Even during the summers, when I was playing basketball or riding around in circles with my bike in the driveway, I’d daydream. I’d put myself in stories or I’d create new episodes in my head of TV shows I had watched.
Daydreaming was a part of life, and it wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I learned that it could also be a sign of being a writer.
As I work on finishing my edits and getting the cover designed for Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance, I find myself occasionally daydreaming, even as I write. I think of possible routes my story can take or how I can shake up my characters’ lives. I think of how I might want my dialogue to sound or whether I want to expand on a side plot or not. And even though I’m working on the new Captain Patty, I’m already dreaming about how I want The Ripple Affair to end and how I want its sequel series to begin.
Though I would never recommend daydreaming when you should be concentrating (focus on your school work, kids, or you’ll have to learn the hard way like I did and realize studying is actually a good thing, ha!), it’s always fun to take the time (when you can) to “write in your head.” Daydreaming is a way that writers plan their work, a sort of pre-writing as many others have called it. Daydreams allow you to see plots and characters and settings and learn if they could possibly work. It’s a way to test the product before the product is produced.
As this week comes to an end and a new one begins, may you find joy and happiness no matter what sort of dreams you create. Have a wonderful week!