Creativity and daydreams

The New Year is well and truly here, and it’s time to get our writing goals in place.

My own goals?

  1. I’m planning on finishing my current novel. It’s a little bit different from my previous writing endeavors – its a contemporary novel set in southern England.
  2. I’m going to keep updating and posting on this blog. I love how we are able to share our thoughts, ideas, and creativity through this medium. Looking forward to posting more here.
  3. I am applying to do a Masters degree in Writing and Literature. I’ve given myself some time to think about this, but as a means of getting feedback on my writing, I think it’ll be both rewarding and inspiring. I’m waiting for acceptance, so will keep you posted on that result….
  4. I also have a second book in the pipeline, that follows on from my Stella Windermere series of mysteries. The books involve a quirky, retired amateur sleuth and her trusty side kick Joe. They are set in my hometown in south Wales. I’m excited to write and publish my next book and to revisit the character of Stella.
Interactive daydreams

So, I’ve been thinking about – where we actually get our creativity? Is it in our dreams? Or our daydreams?

The American Gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, once said:

“Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream at night.”

Are our daydreams more powerful than our dreams? Some people delve deep into their daydreams, into their subconscious mind, to make wonderful creative discoveries. Someone once told me that Agatha Christie weaved her plot lines whilst sitting in her bath. Its a means of free thinking, opening your mind to new possibilities, and scenarios in your creativity. The words ‘What if?’ can be an excellent writing tool to allow endless possibilities. Virginia Woolf famously used her dreams to write her ‘stream of conscious’ novels in this way. I like to take my dog out on long walks.

Woolf tells us that:

“It is in our idleness, in our dreams that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.”

I love her nod to the Truth, for that is at the heart of any writer….’Write what you know’ they tell us, and we should. For human emotions, love, hope, faith, revenge, are what connects us all, and should be displayed in our writing.

“And the Truth shall set you free!” – Comedian Jim Carrey has said, and it is very true, for our fictional writing and for our own reality.

What do others think?

Please share!

Have a productive writing week, fellow bloggers!

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