Saturday, August 16, 2014

Daydream Believer--and a giveaway!

by Mary Kennedy
 
Most writers spend quite a bit of time daydreaming. (not that we have a corner on daydreaming, I bet you do it, too.)  We can gaze at clouds...
or trees...                                        
                                                      
 
or the ocean...                                      
 
for hours and never be bored. (I took the shot above from the place I escape to in Ft. Lauderdale. It was sheer serendipity that I found this oceanfront condo on a quiet stretch of beach.  I was headed down to Key West to research a BoxCar Mystery set in the Keys and just needed a place to stay for one night in Ft. Lauderdale.) I've been to Ft. Lauderdale at least 50 times--you can never have too much of paradise.
 
Daydreaming (in spite of what you may have been told in grade school) can be a good thing. It's a time for the brain to recharge, to play with ideas and images, making new combinations and coming up with creative solutions.
                                                        
Daydreaming is essential for writers...
 
                                    
 
we need to toss around ideas, think about our plots and characters and as one of writer pals puts it, "just our minds roll downstream."
 
So the next time someone accuses you of wasting time by "daydreaming," let them know that you're engaged in a highly creative activity. (Any anyway, who are they to judge you? Maybe they spend hours a day on Candy Crush!)
                                                            
Just a reminder that the Sweet Dreams Kit giveaway is still on. We already have two happy winners, Jen Beard and Linda Chudej. They'll be receiving a signed copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder, a Navajo dreamcatcher, a box of tea, a tin of cookies, etc. If you've already entered, that's all good, please don't enter again, it will overwhelm the system. But if you haven't entered, just shoot an e-mail with you name and e-mail addy and DREAMS in the subject line to cozychicks@gmail.com You could be our next happy winner. 
 
And remember to keep dreamin'...
 
by Mary Kennedy
 
 


13 comments:

Gram said...

I can't remember if I entered...

mary kennedy said...


That's okay, Gram, we'll made an exception for you, you can enter again, mary

Linda R said...

I've always been a daydreamer, Mary. In school, teachers would scold me for it, but I couldn't stop weaving daydreams in my head. Now I realize that it was all good practice for helping me to become a writer!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Linda, I feel the same way. I wish teachers would go a little easier on those of us who like to spin stories in our heads!

kk4booksnlighthouses said...

Hi Mary: I just entered this great contest and love to daydream while walking on beaches and nature trails.

Brenda Rumsey said...

Love to daydream. If I'm inside, I just have to have a window to look out and watch the clouds, the birds, the wind.....and dream.

mary kennedy said...

Sounds good to me! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for entering1!

mary kennedy said...

I do too, Brenda. I have a huge home office--it's hopelessly messy but it's on the second floor with big windows and all I see are tree tops. I feel like I'm in a tree house, I should post a photo of it. Thanks for stopping by.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary----If those of us who were born as storytellers would be writing novels today if we hadn't spent a LOT of time daydreaming in our youth and thoughout our lives.

Sharon Staton said...

i used to get in trouble at school for day dreaming and not paying to the teacher. i still day dream -

Stephanie Jones said...

First thing that came to mind... Have to share it , so you are humming along with me. If you are my age you may remember... "If I could ride 'neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings, the six o'clock alarm would never ring. But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes, the shaving razor's cold and it stings. Cheer up Sleepy Jean...."

Mary Jane Maffini said...

This is such a good way to look at things, Mary! Wonderful advice as always.

XO

MJ

ceblain said...

This is such a thought provoking page today. Wondering if I am daydreaming to visualize something new that I want to happen, or if I am trying to make anything that has happened in the past have a different slant on it, either good or not depending on the situation. I find that my best "daydreaming" is at night when I can't sleep and rather than trying to fight being awake, I just let my mind recharge as you commented, and it sure does work for me. I cannot wait to read Nightmares Can Be Murder. I won't have time to daydream as I know that I will be reading this book straight through from page one to the back cover in one sitting, hopefully!!!

Cynthia B