IN DEFENSE OF DAYDREAMING

Why does daydreaming get such a bad rap?

You’re daydreaming, developing a simple method for time travel and solving all the mysteries of the world. Then all of a sudden, people start calling you names like “space cadet” and “slacker,” and saying daydreaming is a total waste of time.

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
I don’t understand why these people think that, so I’m writing this post today in defense of daydreaming. It’s NOT a waste of time. I think it’s a brilliant use of time.

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.”
Larry Niven
When you’re daydreaming, your brain stops focusing on what you’re doing. Your mind wanders. It gives your brain a chance to throw ideas at you to see what sticks. Maybe it’s ideas for resolving a problem you’re having in life… or ideas for an awesome story.

“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
W.H. Auden
Most of my best ideas have come from daydreaming, but it isn’t just for people seeking inspiration. It’s for everyone!

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”
Neil Gaiman
So my advice is to ignore that “space cadet” and “slacker” name-calling and get to daydreaming!

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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