Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A World Of Imagination

Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination...

Sorry, I had a Willy Wonka moment there.

I have a kind of vivid imagination. And, as a child, Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors. So, naturally, I loved the Gene Wilder version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I want one of those gardens with the sweets. I want it now! Yeah, there's a bit of Verucca Salt in me. :)

The line from that song makes me wonder about imagination. All of us have it. As children we use it everyday in the games we play, the stories we tell etc. So when we are adults where does it go?

Do we lose the ability of imagination? Do we forget because we don't want to use it and life is taken over by the practicality of work?

As writers we seem to hold on to our imagination. It grows along with us.

We store those ideas and tap into them. We create worlds, characters and stories. We live with our MC in this world. We share their pain, triumphs and disasters.

Maybe we're eternal dreamers. The word charmers of old changing folktales into bedtime stories.

Perhaps imagination is a gift bestowed on all as babies, but only utilized by those who still see the world around them. They want to shape it and set it free for others to enjoy.

Imagination has a spark. A catalyst that helps us turn our idea into a plot, and that plot into a novel. We want to do it.

Perhaps that is what separates writers' imaginations from others. We all have it, we never really loose it, but only some want to use it.

Like Mr. Wonka says.

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want it. Want to change the world? There's it.

There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free. If you truly wish to be.


  1. Roald Dahl was my fav when I was kid!! I still feel like a kid when I write LOL

  2. I love Roalad Dahl.

    My imagination took over in the shower today. I imagined my book was in the middle of an auction, and my uber agent called me all excited because it was bout to go into a seven figure deal.

    Then I washed my hair.

  3. I didn't realize I had an imagination until I paid attention to it!

  4. Love this post! I think kids put away their imaginations because as they grow up they worry more about what other people think. Then they slowly forget how much fun their imaginations can be!

  5. Aww, I love that song. I sometimes sing it as a lullaby to the kiddos because it just has that sort of sweet dreaming quality to it. That, and the Oompah Loompahs are 3yo's favorite thing in the world.

    About imagination, I think it's like spirituality. Both have to be cultivated by daily meditation. When I get into writing, the ideas just flow, but if I put it down for a month for whatever reason, I lose some of that. I guess I'm saying it's like a skill in some way. If we don't practice, we lose it. And that's why lots of ppl say they're not creative. They're just out of practice.

    I blame school. ;)


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