21 August 2012

Imagination Overload

As a writer, I of course have a very active imagination. I am constantly thinking up scenarios for all kinds of characters. There seems to be a never-ending supply of romance, angst and happy-ever-afters in my head.

A side effect of this could be potentially dangerous, and I'm sure it must be common to all writers. I am also very good at imagining various different possible future scenarios for my own life, most of which are overwhelmingly positive. As I push myself to get to the next stage in my WIP I see myself penning a best-seller and walking the red carpet at the Oscars. Outlandish dreams can motivate us, but we have to make sure we aren't disappointed when reality falls short of our yearnings.

At the moment as I journey through a dark season, ridiculously trite fantasies seem to be a coping mechanism for me. I am  just another character, playing out scenes that won't ever happen. I need to be careful not to put hope in the fantasies I create for myself. But I can also use my imagination as a safe haven to get me through the tough times.

What sort of fantasies have you imagined for your own life? Do you get carried away or are you always realistic?


  1. I am sorry for your dark season. I hope things get brighter for you soon.

    I love writing because it sweeps me away to another place...another time...I can forget any troubles, while I work on my character's troubles. Ha!

    Just so you know, I've done some of my best writing in a "dark" period of my life. Use your emotions in a creative way.


    1. Thanks for your support Loree, I really appreciate it.

  2. I definitely get carried away! And why not? A little bit of escapism is a good thing. :)