This week, I read an article which included this quote, from Dr Schooler, a daydream expert for the University of California (seems apt).
‘For creativity, you need your mind to wander’
I agree completely with this. The question is – do I do it?
I’m good at the planning and the research and the tasks and the ordering. But how often do I just sit and daydream? Not often, I have to say.
Part of the problem is, when I do daydream, I tend to sink into my dream so deeply that when I finally wake up from them, everyone around me is looking at me strangely – I’ll have cried out or muttered or moved strangely in my little fantasy. So daydreaming on the bus is out.
I can’t daydream at home – there’s too much to distract me (housework, admin tasks, TV, books, dinner, so on).
The best place is, I think, walking in a park in the sunshine. And therein lies another problem – my country is currently in it’s wettest summer in recorded history. The sun, if it appears, disappears again almost immediately. I cannot remember what a sunny day feels like. And somehow, walking in the park in torrential rain and bitter chill in July doesn’t quite have the same rhapsodic effect as strolling on a sunny day.
However, my creativity waxes and wanes. Therefore I think i must, in my well-ordered, well-planned, task-orientated way, make time to day dream.
Finally, although it has nothing to do with this subject, I wanted to share this quote by Edith Wharton. She asked her diary what writing a book was like, and in reply, wrote this
‘The beginning; a ride through a spring wood. The middle; the Gobi desert. The end; going down the Cresta run’