How to Cultivate Daydreams

Today, I’m honored to be hosted on the Conquering Writer’s Block & Summoning Inspiration blog tour by Amber Starfire. Stop by her blog to read the interview. Below is a sneak peek:

In the CD, you talk about the importance of daydreaming. If someone isn’t a natural daydreamer, how can he or she cultivate this skill?

If you’re a writer, chances are you know how to daydream. Cultivating daydreamsl is just a matter of learning how to be still, absorb the world around you, and communicate with yourself. I recommend lots of alone time for writers. Long walks are a favorite daydreaming activity for me, but I also utilize mental downtime when my hands are busy on mindless tasks (washing dishes, pulling weeds, scooping snow) that leave my imagination free to roam. Also, if you’re in a place where it’s possible, don’t be afraid to verbalize. Crazy people talk to themselves—but so do creative people! Verbalizing thoughts and trying out the weight of words in our mouths can solidify our dreams into memorable ideas.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Sometimes my daydreams become deep and I feel I must speak them aloud-especially if they involve dialogue.

  2. The subconscious is a strange and wonderful place. We’re all in a constant process of learning how to trap the gems on a conscious level before they bob down out of reach again.

  3. Daydreaming becomes easier the more one does it: it can become quite addictive, at times, but that often leads to a good story.


  4. LOVE this post… I remember in elementary school we used to get in trouble for “daydreaming.” I wonder if kids still get scolded for that… Thanks, Katie~ :o)

  5. @Sun: It is addictive, and it’s wonderful!

    @LTM: Sometimes I think writers are just folks who didn’t get bullied out of the childhood habit of daydreaming.

  6. I totally agree with this, daydreaming has been really important for the character development of a book I am planning to write.

  7. Although I could probably sit down at the computer and brainstorm a “cold” story, my best ideas are always that just drift into my mind via daydreams. Couldn’t live without them!

  8. I used to talk with myself since I was a kid. Hadn’t realized until now that this just shows how creative I am 😉

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