Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dream a little dream...

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
--T. E. Lawrence

A writer is working even when he's looking out the window...
As a kid, the woods in my back yard were filled with ewoks and jawas. Godzilla was often in the field beyond. An old, big-trunked tree that fell served as a horse, an elephant, and a speederbike. The top of that fallen tree became the base for a hideaway. I had a kite I flew in the field until the string broke. That winter, my kite came down from the trees and we played again the next spring...but he was so much more than a kite. He was a falcon trained to work with me. He was a space ship.
Looking back, I was alone in those woods a lot. It started when I was young, I guess, because my dad used to carry me out there and I always wanted to hug the trees.
I bought my childhood home a few years back and now my bedroom windows overlook those same woods.
Yes. I daydream. A lot. I play in my fictional worlds. I listen to movie scores that have the same tone of the scene I'm going for, assemble my cast, lean back in my chair, shut my eyes and let them loose...or I write my own score and discover them through the melody that is them.

I've been working on something with dark, horrible events. It is not as easy to tap into. I have found that active thinking through logic on the side of ego and considering the attitude of "more more more and I don't care who it hurts I must achieve my agenda" create that part of the story. Daydreaming doesn't get me there. Maybe I have not found the right music for that.

Otherwise, daydreaming gets me through writer's block...or a walk in the woods does. :)


  1. Love that quote, Linda! Very interesting about the struggles with tapping into the dark part, too.

    1. It /is/ a great quote! And I have puzzled about that hurdle that tapping into the dark part seems to be for me.

    2. In my experience, you have to just dive in, grit your teeth and give over to it. Stop thinking and let it go dark and horrible. Then have a happy-making treat after. :D

  2. I watch cat videos after to purge the evil before it takes root.