As an author, I’ve never forgotten how to daydream ~ Neil Gaiman
Do you ever just sit and stare out the window on a rainy day, or watch the side of the road as you ride in a car? For a while, I’d gotten out of the habit, because my phone was always in reach, and I could always listen to music or books or a podcast to fill in the times of quiet.
Lately, though, I’ve come to treasure the times I do have that are quiet–on a car ride when Toby’s asleep, or when the guys have gone to Lowe’s to get stuff for a home project. Especially if I’m stuck on a story, I’ll let my mind meander off into a strange combination of thinking and daydreaming. I can’t really call it either one, because my thoughts don’t jump from one unrelated thing to the other (like in daydreaming), but I don’t stay in a strict thought progression either (though to be far, my mind rarely does this anyway, even if I am trying to think hard on a certain subject.)
I’ve finding these times of quiet daydreaming/thinking are essential to keeping up my creativity. It’s a sort of refueling for my brain, and if I can do a mindless task that gets me moving while I’m doing it (like walking or riding my bike), it’s a win-win. In fact, this is one of the reasons I love riding my bike around the bike paths near Marquette. It’s not so intense that I have to pay attention to every move I make (like rock-climbing or mountain-biking), but I always come back from a ride inspired to write.
What about you? Do you take time to just think and daydream?