Posted by: kimberlysullivan | August 21, 2015

Holidays = writers’ daydreaming time

HolidayAh, holidays.

Even if it doesn’t necessarily afford the extra writing time one might have imagined, it almost always is an ideal time for the daydreaming so important for planning and plotting your next novel.

It’s helpful to step out of daily routines, and to have a more fluid schedule someplace new. This always helps me to get the creative juices flowing.

And if I can squeeze in some hiking (as I will do on this holiday), it’s even more of an excuse to allow my mind to wander. I’m working on a new story, and I have many plot points to work out, and nothing gets my mind in a creative state than fresh mountain air and expansive views.

And you, writers? Do holidays increase your daydreaming time? Or do you have an uptick in writing during those periods?


  1. Both! The change of air and scene really do stir up creative thoughts, and as you say, while we are involved in activities such as hiking, we can let our minds wander freely. It’s time like those that solutions to problems in a WIP will bubble up. Then I can’t wait to get back to my document.

    • Good for you, Chris. Seems we’re in good company. Listened to a talk from Joyce Carole Oates, who claims she needs to get outdoors for long walks or bike rides for the creative juices to flow. Only then does she sit down to record it on the screen. Happy writing!

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