The imagination is a wonderful thing.
Because we all have an imagination it is assumed there is no reason for discussing it. Everyone has one so everyone should know how to use it.
But, like a television, everyone may have one and watch it but not everyone knows how it works (or cares to find out).
And, that's why not everyone uses their imagination to its potential. If you want to be a writer your imagination is an essential tool in your writing kit.
If you are one of those people who say, I can't possibly make stuff up, or that was an amazing movie -How did they do that thing with the (insert your own picture words here), or I don't know how to imagine the future and what the world will look like in five, ten or fifteen years time, then learning to use your imagination will blow your mind!
Let's get into it then. How do we use our imagination?
Firstly, we have to understand – What is imagination?
Imagination is the ability to use your mind to make believe something that isn’t real and see it in your minds eye. Imagination can take you to places where you have never ever been before. Like when you dream and you end up somewhere that doesn't exist or at least you don't believe it exists. Sadly, those people who do not remember their dreams find using their imaginations so much harder. If you can remember your dreams then keep a journal of them and this will help you with exercising your imagination.
If you are one of those people who say you never dream. This is actually not true. Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams. Those who don't dream are usually insane. (Er, you might want to check that one out - that's probably another one from Mother ;)). You have to make a conscious effort to remember your dreams and by doing this you make remembering your dream important enough and should start to wake up and remember what you were dreaming about.
Exercising the imagination is harder than you might think and definitely harder than going to the gym, initially. Once you practice using your imagination it gets easier and then the hard part will be trying to stop your imagination from running away with you, literally.
Now for a series of questions.
How do we develop more imaginative thinking?
What is imagination? How can it be used in your writing?
What does the imagination do? When should we use imagination?
All these questions and more can be answered simply by typing in the words:
into your search engine.
I used Google and found these very interesting exercises and explanations to the questions posed above...
Imagination and Fantasy
Exercises in imagining
Develop your imagination by using it
The really great thing about using your imagination is that it also helps you to remember things too. Improving your memory is another one of those crucial abilities that help you in your writing.
I hope you have enjoyed this post but be warned once you start playing around with your imagination all sorts of strange and wonderful things will start to happen in your writing life and possibly in your real life too.
yesterday I was walking away from the shopping centre and as I looked behind me. All the shops began re-assembling themselves into old black and white buildings from a John Wayne movie. I took a second glance and yes, they were indeed shaping and reforming into these incredible buildings. I wondered if I was going crazy so I ran away from the shops. As I ran, the concrete path in front of me turned to slate and cracks appeared in the pavement and opened an inch wide. From the gap oozed out purple lava like gum. No matter what I did there was no way out. It seemed the more I panicked the more strange things happened...
You get the picture?
Disclaimer: Everthing on this subject came from my imagination. You can sue me for anything said here and those comments about being insane but I have no money so good luck with that...