Thursday, June 24, 2010

That's Unreal... Or is it?

I came across a really great quote today and I wanted to share it with you guys.

"Imagination is the reality of the dreamer" - Scott Ringenbach

It's so true! As (fantasy) writers, we would be no where without our imaginations and whether we are born with it or develop it over time, by inherent nature, we are dreamers. I doubt you could truly embrace writing otherwise. We see the world a little differently, we hear voices when no one else can, we live for make believe.

That imaginary world inside of our heads is sometimes more real to us than the world outside.

I know that's the case for me. I'm not sure who I would be without my imagination. It's an integral part of my very being. Maybe that's why I'm so anxious to put it on paper, so other people can see the interesting, um... intricate workings of my mind :D.

Now it's your turn. Do you agree or disagree? Do you find that your imaginary world sometimes seems more real to you than your reality? Would you be lost without your imagination?


JustineDell said...

Without my imagination I couldn't write. But I don't get lost in it. I remind myself I need to stay in reality. Although, the imagination world seems better. But you know what they say about the grass being greener on the other side!

Love that quote, btw.

Lynn Mitchell said...

I totally agree with the quote.

When I'm working on a piece of fiction, the characters are so alive to me that I often just sit back and watch their situations unfold in my head, like I'm watching a movie.

And, even though I have a very fulfilling life, there are times when my imagination is WAY more real, exciting, and inspiring than the real world.

Mesmerix said...

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

Writing, reading, music, movies... all entertainment is really a form of escapism. I'd lose my mind if I couldn't go slay the occasional dragon in my imagination.

rebel_of_nowhere said...

I completely agree with the quote. Imagination may not be reality, but it's a version of it, anyway, at least if you write.

If I'm really into what I'm writing, then it almost seems more real than what is happening at the moment. It's almost like being in two places at once, which your imagination being the better place.

If there wasn't reality, though, there'd be no imagination.

Tamara Narayan said...

I've been daydreaming in prose since childhood. It's such a kick to get these dreams down on 'virtual' paper. I'm addicted. If I don't access this part of my imagination, I get grumpy. Must create.

Aubrie said...

I would definitely be lost without my imagination! That's where I go when I'm bored. :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

I love my imagination - even if it scares the people around me ;) Without it, I wouldn't have as much fun!

Lydia Kang said...

I love having an active imagination, but I wouldn't say it's more real to me that reality. But it does intrude on my real life a lot!

I gave you an award on my blog, btw!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love my imagination too although sometimes I wish it would kick into gear abit more. I'm trying to add 10000 words to my WIP and where are the ideas when I need them???

WritingNut said...

Justine - You're so right. I'm glad we have our imaginations to escape into when life gets too tough or we just need a break.

Lynn - I know - I'm the same way. A lot of times it seems like my characters are running the show.

Mesmerix - I love THAT quote, it's so true :)

Rebel - It's great how with writing you can completely lose yourself in it. And you're correct, we wouldn't have any need for imagination then, would we? It's a scary thought!

Tamara - Haha... it's true. Sometimes it gets too overwhelming and it needs to go somewhere!

Aubrie - You're right - sometimes if I'm waiting or on the train and I don't have a book or newspaper, I sit there and daydream and often it's sufficient enough to keep me entertained.

Jaydee - I know! I always get the "how did you even COME up with that" response. And it's true, it is much more fun this way :)

Lydia - Tell me about it. And thank you, that's so sweet of you! I'll be over there soon to check it out :)

Terri - I kNOW! Don't you find it's always like that? My muse and I weren't on speaking terms a little while back.

Talli Roland said...

What a great quote.

Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my imagination! We need it as writers; it's part of our toolkit!

Anonymous said...

My imagination works hand in hand with reality, and the world within my book seems as real to me as the world in which I live, simply because I've invested so much into it. Although that may be because it's not a made-up world.

So yes, I'd be completely lost without my imgaination!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great quote. I'm with Lydia on this one. I love having an active imagination, but I don't think it is more real to me than reality. Although, sometimes I have dreams that seem real. Does that count? lol.

Melissa said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I constantly find myself lost in my imagination and while my feet are firmly grounded in reality my heart and soul are other places entirely. I feel like my world is so much more real than this one sometimes.

Great quote. and thanks. I'm going to miss your blog when I sign off tonight for a week!

WritingNut said...

Talli - That's a great way of looking at it - it's part of our toolkit!

Amanda - It's great to intertwine the two--what you love to write about is also a part of your reality.

Lindsay - Haha, of course it counts if you want it to :) Our dreams are what drive our writing too.

Melissa - I couldn't have put it better myself - it's so true. And I'm going to miss you too :(, but I think it's great what you're doing. Good luck with your writing!

The Words Crafter said...

Love the imagination quote. I also love rainy days...