Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Daydream Believer

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

“Where do you get your ideas?”

That’s the question authors are asked most often. And it’s the hardest to answer. Usually, we don’t have a clue. Ideas just arrive, unannounced and unexpected.

But I’m convinced that daydreamers have an edge up. We were the kids gazing out the window while school was in session, lost someplace inside our heads, having conversations with imaginary characters. Our grades weren’t all that good.

Living in “the now” is pretty much impossible for daydreamers. We hang out in alternate worlds, made up of characters we imagine into being. The same sort of world many of our readers love to escape to, only we get to make them up.

Lately, I’ve been exploring the concept of a brainstorming team. It would be great fun to gather with other mystery authors and throw around ideas, kill off a few bad guys in creative way, work through a few tough scenes together. Although it’s difficult here in Wisconsin where there aren’t so many of us.

Those plans are in the early stages. I'm working on a glimmer of an outline. For now, I have my daydreams, and oh the places they take me.

Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring
. ~ The Monkeys


Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

I like the idea of a brainstorming team, especially once the kernel of the idea is in place.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

This is so true! I recently came across the term "mind wandering" at a psych workshop. So the next time someone accuses me of day dreaming, I'm going to say, "Excuse me, but I'm mind wandering!"

Deb said...

Once ideas start flowing, it's magic:)

Deb said...

Mind wandering, that's it!

Karen in Ohio said...

What a great idea! But you don't necessarily need a local team, with the Internet. In 1999-2000 I was part of a tremendously creative enterprise (that sadly died with the dot com bust), and online crafts magazine with daily content change. It would have been a great success, especially with our particular team. We were in constant communication: daily, multiple group emails, conference calls, and web uploads.

You could certainly do something similar with a writing team, and it would be even easier now that everyone has access to the Net pretty much all the time.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock goes to his "mind palace" to solve crimes.

Deb said...

Great idea, Karen!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Yes, the "mind palace," I love that expression.

Deb said...

Not sure my mind qualifies as a palace. haha

Aurian said...

I loved this tv series as a young girl, and tried to watch it again last year, but sadly, it was totally not fun anymore.
But yes, I am a daydreamer (and a nightdreamer) and am very grateful for the amazing worlds authors create for me to get lost in :)