Last Word

Dawdling dreams lead to writing streams


I have dawdled away a good part of my free time now carving vaguely on a scrap of mahogany, but I guess I have been thinking too. Who knows. I sit here in a kind of a stupor and call it thought.

John Steinbeck, The Art of Fiction No. 45

(Flickr: Chie)

(Flickr: Chie)

Even the greatest, most famous writers among us have a tendency to shamelessly squander their scheduled time to write.

It’s interesting that Steinbeck not only acknowledges his dawdling, but chooses to recognize it as thinking too.

Read: Oh, the places you will go: Turning distractions into ideas

For many writers, aimless thought or daydreaming is hardly useless. It’s actually an important way in which writers invent and create new ideas.

The trick is to return to that work and delve back in.

How did you squander your writing routine today? Are you having trouble returning back to work?

What daydreams are occupying your writing mind and how can you turn them into a great story?

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at kerrismabee.comFollow @EducatedWriter.


Kerri S. Mabee

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