Dreams by Night and Day

Maggie Madly Writing posts on her blog, every week, for as long as I can remember. She is an inspiration to all writers and editors. If you get a chance, please check out her blog. This is one of many posts that stood out for me. Please enjoy. Thanks Maggie!

Maggie Madly Writing

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

—Edgar Allan Poe

I’ve heard it said that daydreaming is the brain’s default state because real thinking burns energy and can be exhausting. Some people believe that daydreaming is a waste of time, but to me (and to many other writers and artists), daydreaming is like leaving your mind open for new ideas. (And that reminds me of a quote from the movie Bridge to Terabithia: “Keep your eyes closed and your mind wide open.”)

I think that’s part of the reason why a lot of people tend to remember things they’ve forgotten during the day right before they fall asleep at night. The brain is winding down and becoming more relaxed, and there is a greater flow of thoughts and images and memories and weird pieces of dreams. Then all…

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