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?