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Why daydreaming is good for you

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There’s one thing I would advise would-be writers and it’s advice that I don’t do myself and I should. And that advice is to take time to think. Sounds easy, but if you’ve got a job, a home and a family, then finding ‘me time’ to daydream about future stories is nigh on impossible.

Many moons ago, before I met my husband, before we got a home together, before we had kids, I had a lot more time to sit and think up stories (usually by staring dreamily out of a window). I just don’t do that now, well not to the same extent as before. I sometimes do it before I go to sleep or as I’m waiting for the train or other small pockets of time I might have during the day. Something will spark in my brain, I will think ‘hmm I like that idea, wonder where it’s going next’ and I will spend a little time musing over possible outcomes for the story or the character or the scene.

But it doesn’t happen nearly often enough. The kids will come in and want something (usually very loudly), a dog will need let out into the garden, the phone will ring or the train will arrive and I have to slot the daydreaming back into my head to be taken out and examined at my next five-seconds-of-free-time.

So, why is having daydreaming time so important?

_Daydream, imagine and reflect. It's the source of infinite creativity._ - Deepak Chopra -.jpg

Well, the simple fact is that without daydreaming, your brain just doesn’t have the time to create. If you stuff it full of whatever is on your mobile phone or tv or laptop, there’s no space left to muse and really think about things, there’s no place to make up stories. Daydreaming has been linked to creativity. It is believed that by daydreaming you are allowing your subconscious thoughts to come to the surface.

Of course, I’m not saying go out there and daydream all day. I’m just suggesting that you should make time every day to have a good old musing about stuff and let your imagination fly away with you. That could be in the shower or (better) a relaxing bath, when you are standing in line at a shop or just before you go to bed.

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And don’t forget to take a note of your thoughts. I have loads of little notebooks stuffed full of ideas that have come to me as I daydream. I may never use all of them, but I will use some. And if you find yourself stuck for a storyline, flick through your notebook and be inspired.

Okay, so I’m going to finish up here. It’s 7.40pm UK time and I’ve got a couple more hours to go before bedtime… and daydreaming. Speak soon.

Dawn xxx

 

 

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From whose point of view is it from?

arriving-with-the-refraction-1-1573538Hello, I’m back. Was in Austria last week visiting a friend and didn’t have time to do a proper blog. I’m here now though.

So, how’s your writing getting on? Is there anything I can help with? Following is a few wee tips on Point of View or PoV. What do I mean by that? Well, when it comes to writing fiction, one of the first things you have to decide is who your narrator is. In other words, from whose viewpoint are you’re seeing the story unfold?

There are three main viewpoints you can take the story through:

  1. First person – this is when the story is told from a single person’s point of view. The text is all about ‘I saw this’ and ‘I did this’ and ‘I felt this’ instead of ‘Mary saw it’ or ‘Mary did it’ or ‘Mary felt sad’. You know how your character is feeling and what they are thinking. It’s almost like you are in their head seeing, hearing, tasting and feeling everything they do.
  2. Second person – where the narrator is speaking directly to the reader using words such as ‘you’ and ‘your’.
  3. Third person – that’s when you are seeing the main character from outside of themselves (this is where ‘he saw it’ or ‘she did it’ or ‘they felt sad’ comes in). You won’t know how your character is thinking or feeling unless you can ‘see’ it written on their faces, hear it in what they say or see it in what they do.

Just to confuse things, it is possible to have more than one narrator or viewpoints from both first and third person. You could write your book from more than one viewpoint. For first person, you could do a chapter in one person’s point of view and another in a second person’s point of view. In third person, there may be three or four viewpoints being shown…be careful as this can be quite tricky.

In the Victorian era, it was a popular trend (see Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White) to write a novel from many viewpoints using methods such as ‘diary entries’, ‘letters’ and ‘interviews’ with different characters. It can be quite effective, but you need to ensure each character has their own distinctive voice.

My preference is for writing in the third person point of view. I enjoy doing this the most and I usually show the story unfolding from one and (sometimes) two characters’ point of view maximum. This is because I don’t want to confuse the reader by writing from many, many viewpoints. However, I have been experimenting lately and have written a first person point of view novel written from the perspectives of three characters. Hopefully it works!

Dawn xx