If we create these intricate scenarios...

I was just thinking tonight, that if we write down our imaginary worlds, it might help get these daydreams out of our system and perhaps some of us would have good stories that could bring in some much needed revenue.

Albert Einstien was a daydreamer. But he called his daydreams "thought experiments". It was during one of these thought experiments that he came up with his theory of relativity. While it is still a theory, it seemed to serve him well. Some claim he "borrowed" ideas from when he was a patent clerk. One person he is claimed to have borrowed ideas from was a man named Nikolai Tesla. This guy was a genius, and also daydreamer. He invented the radio, Tesla coil and the concepts for most modern electronics and energy systems used today. He was like a modern Leonardo DaVinci. I bet DaVinci was a pretty big daydreamer as well.

What all these people did is they documented their ideas or daydreams or whatever you wish to call them. Dr Schupuk (I think that's her name) mentioned of those that did document their fantasy worlds, that they'd "put authors to shame".

Makes you wonder if J.R.R. Tolkien or Robert E. Howard were huge daydreamers. Tolkien spent years creating these worlds in his mind, and was very thorough. On the other hand, Howard was more scattered, writing many random stories. He had severe depression and was also mad. He would have paranoid episodes of believing the residents of his town were going to kick him out of town, so he'd get his guns and lock his doors. During one of his shut ins, he attempted to write some ideas, when he heard noise behind him, so he turned around and saw one of his newly dreamt characters, Conan the Cimmerian behind him with a huge battle axe. Conan ordered Howard to write and not stop or he would chop his head off. Howard wrote all night on his type writer untill morning when he finally dared turn around again. Conan was gone. Now he just had to worry about the townsfolk again. But in the meantime, he had one of his most famous stories typed up. All because one of his imaginary characters commanded him to do so. OK. I'm rambling and drifting, but I hope you guys get the point, and also hope that nobody's fantasy world is really that intense. But these are all examples of people who used their daydreaming to support their lives, and I've noticed a pattern of them all getting them out of their heads and into the world.

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Comment by Marlowe on December 10, 2010 at 2:27pm

Haha...it didn't actually occur to me until I read this that you might not write down (or at least try) these daydreams. That's exactly what I do, and I love it because it seems to solidify them somehow, as well as giving me more control. I also have high hopes that one day something usable will spill out. Even if I don't finish them, or if I just get down the gist of something, or some details, I always love to go back and read and remember them. I also adore writing. 

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on December 9, 2010 at 9:27pm

You don't necessarily have to write about your daydreams.  If you start to put yourself down, then it'll get worse.  I don't write about my daydreams.  In fact, I don't even try to describe them to people.  It's still too personal for me.  Just try writing about whatever.  Write about whatever inspires you.  Blogging is already a good start.  If you keep saying whatever's on your mind, you'll improve your writing skills.  Just keep practicing.  If you get the idea to write something creative, go for it.  Just free write, but don't force yourself.  If it's not fun, your mind's just gonna rebel.  

Comment by Matto on December 9, 2010 at 9:18pm

I intend to write, but unlike some daydreamers, my mind does not create a central theme.  I am very random.  I also  have a poor short term and/or working memory.  By the time I get to a medium to write on like a computer or paper, I have usually forgotten what my idea was and I am on a different one.  I tell myself everyday that I am going to write down the idea for my new whatever, but always forget.  So that's why I never produce.

Comment by April West on December 9, 2010 at 3:03pm

Hey... I think about this all the time. When I actually do write, it's usually pretty good (not to sound up myself :-) But 99% of the time I don't have the motivation or drive to pick up the pen... It's easier to sit in a chair and daydream about writing something awesome and getting published !!! :-)  I have had so many book, script or business ideas, but never act on them...

Comment by Matto on December 9, 2010 at 9:52am
The ones who got shit done all seemed to have a distraction haven of some sort, like a home to themselves or an office or shop where nobody was around. I know at least Einstien and Howard had periods of lameness when they didn't produce much. Howard ended up committing suicide, but he also probably had a mental illness. It wouldn't surprise me if Tesla and Tolkien had frequent bouts of unemployment as well.
Comment by Penguin on December 9, 2010 at 5:21am
Those guys were also really smart and got shit done.
I can see how the habit of daydreaming can be used positively: Having a greater understanding of oneself, the ability to create enticing worlds that can be used to think deeply of real problems, being able to see things from many different perspectives with one's mind being a reality-like laboratory. And maybe daydreaming even makes you a tiny bit smarter. But if you can't get shit done you can't get shit done. Telling yourself that even though your shit is undone your addiction somehow makes you more 'creative' or 'intelligent' seems wholly moot to me.
Also, 'moot' is the second greatest word in the English language that I've come across with #1 being 'flummoxed'.
Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on December 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
Daydreaming can be very healthy and probably makes us smarter. We just have to manage it, so it doesn't get out of control.

I've had the same daydream world for 21 years, and by now it's probably got hundreds of characters. It's probably got 6 or more generations of characters. I can't write them down because it's so vast that it just becomes stressful. I get overwhelmed and start to panic.

Having said that, I think writing is a great idea. We're so prone to creativity and such strong thinkers that I'm sure we'd be great at it. Writing in general helps me a lot. If anyone can write down their daydreams, I think it could really help........and think of all the creative story lines we could come up with. I'm sure there are a lot of brilliant writers in our bunch.

If you do write something, feel free to post it here so we can see. You can get the "Box.Net" app, post it in your blog, or post a link from somewhere else. I'm sure people would love to read it.

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