Imagination, Reflections, Writing

Sanctioned Daydreaming

Whether you’re reading fiction or writing it, what you’re actually doing is daydreaming. I’ve always been a daydreamer. Fortunately, I was smart in school and very competitive, so I got my work done fast before letting my mind wander. I also had artistic talent, so I was allowed extra time to create. And though neither of my parents was a reader, they usually allowed me plenty of time for that–except at the dinner table.

girl_daydrmThen, from the ages of twelve to fourteen, I was sick and spent loads and loads of time alone—ideal daydream time. In fact, I suspect that isolation changed my personality from medium to deep introversion.

I’ve begun reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a book that Michelle D. Argyle brought to my attention in a blog post. I’m only a couple of chapters into the book, so I haven’t discovered what “power” I have, but I’m hoping to learn ways to make my introversion work for me.

Actually, I do know one advantage: the ability to go quiet, to go deep inside and create story.

I love being quiet. And to keep my energy level up, I require a lot of time alone. Alone and quiet is good for writing, but only if you don’t care to share your work with more than a few people. Like family and friends. If you have them. And if they happen to like reading the stuff you write. After all, no stranger is going to knock on my door and ask to read what I’ve written.

So I know a bit about the disadvantages of being an introvert in the writing and publishing world.

Yet, I’m obsessed with putting my daydreams down on paper. Maybe I’m doing it for myself. For when I lose my short-term memory and can pick up one of my own books and find it’s a brand new story to me. Or if dementia robs me of the ability to daydream, hopefully I will retain my ability to read the daydreams preserved in writing by myself and others.

May we daydream forever, one way or the other.



12 thoughts on “Sanctioned Daydreaming”

  1. I am an extrovert, so I need people around me. Living on a farm was lonely for me so I day dreamed a lot as a child. I imagined all kinds of friends and the adventures we would have. I didn’t write my day dreams down for a long time but I know if I had not spent so much time day dreaming as a child, I would not have so many ideas now. Day dreaming is good for extroverts and introverts, and it is good for the soul.


  2. Oh my goodness, I got a comment to work on here. I’ve been trying FOREVER. Guess it finally decided to work with my Twitter!

    Anyway, just wanted to say that I think you’ll enjoy that entire book. My favorite part was where she discusses how creativity, whether with an introvert or extrovert, always works best when the person alone, and that workplaces need to stop doing this open floor plan layout to force people to team work the entire freaking workday, hah.


    1. I’m glad WP finally let you comment, Michelle. 🙂 I saw where you said on Facebook that you like the book so much you’re buying a hard copy, so I’m anxious to read further. I think this is why going to a Starbucks or whatever to work has never appealed to me. I would be too distracted to write.


  3. Oh, yes, daydreaming is on top of my list of “activities.” Sometimes I daydream out loud, talking to myself. Since I live alone, nobody hears me, thank God. I’m an introvert in the sense that I need a lot of private and quiet time and that’s when thoughts and feelings begin to percolate which might end up in a story.
    Happy Daydreaming, my fellow scriveners!


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