Where does your imagination reside?

This year, I am making a conscious effort to reawaken a sense of curiosity and do things that spark my imagination. It’s something I suppose I have been putting off for some time, because I guess I liked to think that I already possessed these qualities.

But now that I have more time to ponder and daydream, I’ve been forced to admit that they are not as strong as they once were and that I am more naturally inclined to think about, well, boring stuff when given half the chance.

Is this a symptom of getting older or does it have something to do with letting myself live a life that is ruled by deadlines and making enough money? I also wonder how much of it is just plain old laziness. Why imagine things when someone else could do it for me? (I do love it when someone else does it for me.)

As part of this project, I’m trying to work out exactly what it is that is most likely to persuade my imagination into a flight of fancy. I’m reading loads, going to exhibitions, restricting the watching of TV shows and generally trying to not check the emails on my phone every five minutes.

Me as a wee 'un

But am I missing something here? Is there anything you do to shake your mind out of the mundane?

I recently wrote a guest post for the lovely Kirsty Logan for her Thievery series – posts about the inspiration behind stories – and I enjoyed the process a lot, mainly because it encouraged me to recall some childhood holidays I hadn’t thought about for a long while.

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4 responses to “Where does your imagination reside?

  1. Imagination is the root behind everything that inspires and conveniences. Somebody had to imagine up the computers we use to blog, for example. I believe writing to be very much the same way – we all have the qualities it takes to be inspired… it’s allowing ourselves to be inspired by the littlest things, and asking the right questions, that leads to an idea.

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  2. It’s a difficult thing to identify. I find my imagination can be triggered at the oddest times and by the most unlikely things. It can be a phrase that someone says, or an image in a novel, a painting or someone I pass in the street. The trick, I find, is not just identifying when this happens, but holding onto it long enough to expand on it and make use of it.

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