Do you remember when you were a kid and school seemed to drag on?
Do you remember allowing your mind to drift so soon you were flying high in the clouds?
Do you remember being able to close your eyes and re-watch your favorite movie beneath your eyelids?
Do you remember how your dreams once were?
No? Perhaps it was only me then.
My daydreams were my greatest friends as a child. They were what entertained me and made my heart giggle with joy.
They were also the very start of my storytelling.
I would weave tales in my mind and reenact them with myself as the only actor but I could see my story’s world around me, I could feel it and I could hear it. I immersed myself in the fantasy.
As writers we can use that same technique a child does freely, we can close our eyes and take a trip down the cobbled, packed dirt or grassy path that weaves its way through our tale’s world. By doing so we can find better ways of describing things because we are thinking about how it would seem to someone who was actually there.
In turn when our readers read our tale they will experience the tale not just read it; which isn’t that what we all want as readers?
Do you daydream your way through a story too? Have you discovered new ways to use this age-old method in storytelling? Perhaps next time you babysit or spend time with your own child see how they tell a story; and maybe you will be able to learn a thing or two from them.
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