Crazy Things You Do For Your Daydreams

Lately I’ve been daydreaming about my imaginary couple confessing their love for the first time (and for what is actually the millionth time). Yesterday, I suddenly felt compelled to find well-written love letters online, address them to my characters, and print them out in handwriting font. Then I sealed them in envelopes and made up their addresses. I pretend that my characters actually wrote these letters to each other, and I feel stupidly excited. Am I getting weirder or what? And what a waste of paper! I’ve also entertained the thought of owning something that they have, like buying a couple necklaces with their names on them. Jeez, it’s as if I’m becoming their fan.


Anybody else do weird stuff like this?

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Comment by Skylar Grey on September 9, 2011 at 6:22pm
awwwww i find that adorable! Well i dont think thats weird at all. (but considering how weird I am..) Dont worry though i do that sort of thing all the time. One of my favorite things to do lately is carry around like a memento of something my characters would have. Like i pretend the ring i wear is one that my charcters got from their boyfriend or girlfriend. Oh and this is probably the weirdest thing but i printed out a picture of an actor who also happens to be my daydream character i use and put the picture inside a locket necklace  lol. And then i lost it and i was so upset i made my mom drive me to the store and i bought myself another one. I love just looking at it, it reminds me of my other reality..
Comment by lizbourbon on August 24, 2011 at 2:01am
I've always been interested in writers and how they work. A lot of these things seem so much like what writers I admire say in interviews! They have felt like falling in love with their characters, collecting and researching their interests, not being able to let go. You guys, I think you're all going to become writers that I admire, so that's cool isn't it?
Comment by Harley on August 9, 2011 at 1:48pm
Hi Steve! Your comment about us being strange made me laugh. Glad to have you here. :) I also think your accents and debating two opposing sides is really cool. I wish I could do that, but I prefer not to talk outloud much because someone will no doubt hear and it also seems to ruin the daydream for me. I'm impressed that you can do it, though!
Comment by Steve B on August 9, 2011 at 1:22pm
Hah, glad I'm not the only one who does odd things in the name of daydreams. I've got an entire folder of made up band logos somewhere, for a start. I sometimes spend hours online researching things which only serve to make daydreams work, and are of no use to me in real life. Also, whenever a dialogue gets going in my head, and there are too many people within earshot for me to talk to myself, I pull up a text file and write everything down. I never save any of it because I don't like leaving a reminder on my computer of how insane I am. I prefer talking to myself out loud though, I can do different accents and sit there debating two opposing political opinions as, say, an Australian woman, and a Scottish man. It'd be comical if it wasn't so sad.

You people are strange, I think I'm gonna fit in here just fine.
Comment by Laila on June 13, 2011 at 1:33am

Oh I enjoyed reading these responses! After I posted this, I shied away from this site for a few days, but now I see that I was just being silly... :P


@Vendetta_Crazzed: That's really awesome. I also desire to look just like my character, and even have her personality, but it would take some time for me to transform myself...especially to lose weight. And of course, my self-esteem would be much higher too. -sigh- I want it now. D:


@Julie: I started watching Queer As Folk last week, and I also fell in love with the show. I have just stayed up till 4am watching it... I need to get some sleep... x_x

Comment by Vendetta_Crazzed on June 11, 2011 at 9:52pm
i have died my hair lol i look almost just like my character, only fatter XD ive pretty much gone all out into character in real life (well as much as physicaly possible) It has given me way better self esteem since i have set a standard thats PERSONAL for me, instead of comparing myself to the real world movie stars and models.
Comment by Harley on June 11, 2011 at 8:25pm

Julia, I feel good knowing I'm not the only one who writes and wants to dye her hair! And if what you say about the 'Add Comment' button is true, that sounds like a pretty color! I would wait a bit, though, and see if you actually want to dye it a year from now.

Amy, Yes, I suppose you're right. But for me, all it does is make my thoughts more organized. It's still as real and all-consuming- if not moreso!- as before. It does give me a chance to keep my daydreams for future reference, though, as well as have a clearer picture. The good it does is help break through the fog a bit. And maybe give more fodder for daydreams. :)

Comment by Amy Billings on June 11, 2011 at 4:23pm
I think this sounds terrific! I wish I were as creative. I keep it all in my head. I actually think your taking the step to bring the fantasy into the concrete world is a step towards getting free.
Comment by Harley on June 10, 2011 at 6:16pm

I've never done that exactly, but I can understand the appeal, especially since you want them to stay together. They sound very sweet and I am little jealous that you can own something of their's, too. I understand where you're coming from. :)

I do odd things, like get up for no reason and walk around my house and do the same things my characters do. But this is just the usual case for me. I also want to dye my hair the same color as my character's or get an outfit in their favorite color, etc. I can't think of anything really big at the moment- at least, nothing I'd have to work hard to explain if someone found me doing it. Most of the things I've listed can be explained quickly. The only thing that might be a bit more difficult is the writing, but I'm a writer by nature anyway. I know there are many things I do that cannot be explained easily, like eating or something for no apparent reason. But I can't think of anything too interesting right now. :P I'll come back sometime with an update. Interesting question!

Comment by Julie on June 8, 2011 at 9:34pm

I was doing this and, I guess, many people would claim to do the same. Collecting bits and pieces of information to "complete" the dream: names, looks, particular elements of looks, phrases, music, landscape pictures, etc. But this seems not that bad sometimes as any creative process looks like this. And this was the easiest to stop. It's funny now that every day I'm passing a diamond store with a very beautiful models on their posters, those models were secondary characters in my "swinging 60s" dreams and now I simply look at them as models to advertize diamonds.

Regarding the gay couples, my straight sister got so obsessed with Queer as folk (and she's the last person to be called a day-dreamer) that she's reading a lot of literature about stereotypes now. And on June 11th we're going to "pride parade". I think, this is a lot loss of time but if she really wants it...

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