Let me start by asking a question: do you day dream? I bet you do. I know I do, all the time. Always have, always will.
I think it's important to give our minds down time, to put a stop to structured thought and allow our minds the time and space to wander where they will. It's during such times that often we find the answers to questions, untie the knotty problems or come to decisions about things that we've been putting off. When I was part of the commuter tribe, I'd gaze out the train window looking at but not seeing the blighted rail-side land as we trundled towards London. Many times, I'd get off at the other end with a question answered, or a problem resolved. I don't know why or how that happened, it just did.
It was day dreaming that filled in the detail of the ending of my current WIP. Last time I told you that the ending of the book (let's call it Rick and Matt, after the main characters) came to me in a jazz bar in Mykonos, and it did, but only in the broadest sense. And that was great, it was a breakthrough, as until that point all I had was a big, blank void. But I didn't have the detail that I needed. It wasn't until I started day dreaming that the detail began to emerge. One afternoon, I was sat at one of the outdoor tables of a café in the town near where I live. I people watched, I eavesdropped on conversation going on around me, I let my mind wander and meander. Sometimes my thoughts made sense, often they did not. And then, like a distant view coming into focus, the detail of Rick and Matt's final scene emerged. Ever armed with my handy note book, I jotted down those thoughts before they faded. I don't know the how or the why that happened when it did, perhaps that's something a psychologist could answer. But one thing I am convinced about - if I hadn't had sat and day dreamed in the sun, I'd still be struggling. The power of day dreaming. Don't knock it.
A E Ryecart
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