When Imagination Is Present

Posted: January 31, 2012 in For writers
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I’m reading my favorite writing book, “A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life” by Judy Reeves and Janet Fitch.  The book contains excellent writing prompts for each day of the year.  Every seven days there are inspiring, funny or thought provoking articles about the craft of writing.  The article I’m reading now is “How Can You Tell When Imagination is Present?”  The author lists a number of ways you can tell that imagination is live and present in your life and writing.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • You are comfortable doing nothing. For long stretches of time.
  • You live in the present moment because you know that is where imagination will look for you.
  • You meander rather than stride calisthenically; you notice the form and colors of leaves, the shape of clouds, the curve of a hill.
  • Your writing (and your life) surprises you.
  • You converse about your characters as if they were fully alive.

Is imagination present in your life?  Do you slow down enough, often enough, to let it speak to you?


Read the preview of my new book, an Alice Anne  mystery:  “The Banker’s Murder List.”

  1. Louise says:

    Ooh, I like that. What a great list.

  2. dogear6 says:

    Would you be interested in using this for a guest blog over at A Daily Life?


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