Daydreaming: Any specifics you have put into a story?
My first inclination was to think, they MUST, because I do daydream.
I am very good at multitasking and daydreaming is easy to do while I am doing other things.
So, I figured, “Sure, I write in my head all the time, so my ‘dreams’ must get into my writings.”
Then I went looking into my head for specifics.
Do you know what I found?
With all the stories started, with all of the poetry, stiories, even a play finished, I can’t think of any PERSONAL daydream or pieces of them that have made their way into a written work or WIP.
I am shocked.
Now, does ‘writing-in-my-head’ count? Because I do that quite a bit. I have done my best editing in the shower. I rehash scenes while I am cooking, cleaning, whatever, and it helps. I add to the situations, or realize that perhaps my treatment of the material need rethinking. I go over true events on which I wish to base some stories, but unless they are made up for a story, the personal daydreams stay at home in my mind.
The actual personal: “Gee, if I won the lottery big-time we could”-type daydream, the “I should have said…” daydream, the “If that happens again…”daydream, should probably be considered as ‘thoughts’?
What is the difference between “daydreams” and “thoughts”?
The actual daydreams from my younger days : “If I were married to… “(singers/actors, who may or may not have been a performer in my daydreams), have not even made it to my writings and trust me, they had been complex!
Nope. The situation and those guys are nowhere to be found in my writings.
I guess that I really DON’T “daydream” as much as I write in my head.
I think the difference between them is that daydreams are escapisms that are personal and writing-in-your-head are those that are purposeful.