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Does anyone else daydream?

Discussion in 'The Dreamscape' started by Alexandrea, May 17, 2022.

  1. Alexandrea

    Alexandrea Acolyte

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    These have been the main inspiration for my writing. When I was a kid I was a maladaptive daydreamer, which has lessened since I became an adult and my life became more stable. But these intense daydreams are the inspiration of my works. I was wondering if anyone else has done this?
     
  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    I get ideas from dreams. I am lucky, that once in a while I can enter a lucid dream and play almost the entire story through before I wake up. The trouble is remembering the specifics afterwards. Even keeping a digital recorder by the bed and trying a stream of consciousness recitation as soon as I get up doesn't seem to work. I try not to sweat it and let the ideas and sensations float back to me over the next few days.
    Right now I've got the "memory" of a sunny hillside and cloud busting with not a care in the world. And no idea where it fits in a story...
     
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  3. Alexandrea

    Alexandrea Acolyte

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    oooooooh that could be a dream maybe? Maybe after a particularly chaotic scene the character has a dream that helps them calm down? either way, cool dream scenario, there's a lot you can do with that
     
  4. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    That is what I am kind of hoping will happen.
    It usually takes a few days to either come to me where it fits in to a story or the whole thing floats away, like mist.
    I wish I could daydream but the word "maladaptive" makes me think it is not all kittens, hugs, and ice cream [not all at the same time, mind you :whistle:].
     
  5. pmmg

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    I almost never remember my dreams. And certainly not long enough for them to become a story. I day dream on purpose. When i younger i did that whenever i could. As an adult its more focused. When in writing mode, i imagine the story and scene well before writing it. Dreams matter :) my characters better appreciate them.
     
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  6. My childhood was comprised of worlds only I could see. I had friends, if only a few, but preferred to spend the majority of my time alone and in realms and spaces of my own creation for hours on end.

    They remain a major part of my world today and are, without a doubt, the inspiration for most all of my creative work. Even now, I need time, daily, to dissolve into those spaces, just as some require socializing/connections/distractions etc. And I always find myself drifting there before writing each morning or as the last place I visit before sleep.

    There was time when I thought it best to rid myself of them. To abandon them in service of becoming an adult. Silliest and most detrimental thing I've ever attempted. I was incomplete without them and miserable trying to be what others expected me to be. I'll never turn my back on them again. :)
     
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  7. Wait, there are people who don't daydream?
     
  8. Ned Marcus

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    Teachers tried to stop me from daydreaming. Thankfully, it didn't work. Nowadays, daydreams are often the visualisations of my ideas or stories.
     
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