Leveraging Daydreams

There are many things I wish were real from Potterverse, and one of those is the sugar quill from Honeydukes, a type of candy you suck on that makes it look like you’re studiously thinking about something important when in reality your mind can wander to the merry land of daydreams. Just think how much faster workdays would go by!

I’ve always been a big daydreamer. Early in the morning and late at night when I’m lying in bed, or when I put my earbuds in to go for a long run—these precious moments are some of my favorite times to daydream.


A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop with David Morrell, author of Rambo and a phenomenal speaker, and what he shared about daydreams really stuck with me.

Now, true daydreams are when you let your mind drift where it will, when you completely give over control.

And Morrell said this: Daydreams are mini narratives, which most people dismiss, that can tell us about our personalities.

He talked about how daydreams say something about our core selves, and have the potential to be powerful themes in our writing.

Ever since, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my own daydreams and was surprised by the theme that surfaced: proving myself in some capacity. Whether it’s accomplishing a really hard goal I’ve set for myself (publishing a novel, for example), overcoming some personal struggle, or even winning a petty argument, my daydreams are always about proving I’m stronger than I think am.

Now, I won’t delve into what this might say about my psyche, but I think it’s a theme I can tap into more in my writing. Maybe my MC will struggle with this in my next book. Heck, maybe there will be a scene pulled straight from one of my daydreams. Either way, daydreams are a useful tool of the imagination.

Do you daydream? Have you ever thought about leveraging your daydreams in your writing, or what your daydreams might say about you?


Author: Kate Lansing

I write mysteries, YA novels, and short fiction. I also read A LOT, travel as much as possible, and take way too many pictures of my cat.

7 thoughts on “Leveraging Daydreams”

  1. This strikes a huge chord with me, Kate. I too have been a lifelong daydreamer. In a way, I always considered it planning for a writer’s life. A neighbor gave me a book a while back titled Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. Not sure about the spelling and my computer is acting up, won’t let me open new tabs, but it had some wonderful ideas.


  2. I love to daydream. Driving is the best way for me to do that — especially if I have music playing. I wouldn’t be able to create without daydreaming,


  3. I wouldn’t have gotten through high school without daydreaming. I suppose spending every morning writing satisfies that need; I am consciously less aware of it. However, I’m not as bored anymore either.


  4. Kait, I love that idea that daydreaming is a way of planning for a writers’ life! And that book sounds really interesting–definitely checking it out…

    Ah, Mary, signing a big book contract is always a daydream of mine too 🙂 The only way to make it a reality is to keep that dream alive!

    Ooh, Sue, I love that your MC daydreams too! What a cool tool to spur her to action!

    Kimberly, driving is a great time for daydreaming for me too–really any form of transportation. And yes, without daydreaming I don’t think I’d be able to create anything either.

    Hahaha, Keenan, maybe boredom is a prerequisite to daydreaming? I definitely daydreamed more in high school–like all the time, in and out of class. Now, it seems harder to set aside time to purely let my mind wander 🙂


  5. Daydreaming for me, comes in a couple of different ways, one easier than the other. To completely let my mind drift is difficult for me. Easier is to suggest a think or two and then see what happens. I guess I have control issues.


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