Are you ever in the middle of writing, or just about to start, when your thoughts begin to wander? All of a sudden, your inner writer has left the room and is off somewhere else.
I was told off regularly for daydreaming at school and find my mind often likes to go off for a little adventure when I’m supposed to be concentrating as an adult too.
If you find yourself daydreaming too often, or for too long, it could be because your mind is trying to juggle too much. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when lives are full and multi-tasking is common. Try jotting down your thoughts and feelings in a journal or writing tasks down in a list to take the pressure off your mind and clear space for creativity.
Daydreaming, however, isn’t all bad.
I used to give myself a reprimand whenever I caught myself in the act. I’d tell myself to get back to my words immediately and stay focused. But, then, I discovered that daydreaming can actually be good for creativity. In moderation.
It can help us:
- Come up with new solutions and possibilities.
- Allow ideas to marinate and explore their viability.
- Break away when stuck and come back with fresh perspective.
- Give eyes a break when they’ve been straining.
So, if you’re struggling to move forward with your words, look out the window and allow your mind to zone out for a bit.
Writing solutions could be waiting for you in the clouds.