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A to Z Writing: Incredible Imagination

Think back. When you first learned to read and write, what made it magic?

As a lifelong writer, I’ve always been inspired by words. I love wordplay, tricky turns of phrase, etymologies, and word studies. I adore diving into intriguing reads. To relax, I’ve been known to complete crossword puzzles in ink.

We writers could create our own slogan: Words ‘r’ us.

That's right. Writers are all about words.

But an inevitable peril exists for those who weave words all day. We can become pedantic or even stale.

Cranking out copy on mundane topics can be tiresome. Pounding out piles of reports, technical pieces or even feature articles grows routine in time.

How can writers be immunized against ennui?

The secret lies in imagination.

Sometimes it’s healthy for writers to let our minds wander a bit. We have to make moments for mindlessness. A bit of daydreaming, stargazing or simply sitting still often opens the door for creative concepts to creep in and refresh us.

Imagination is everything to an inventive communicator. It doesn’t matter whether we write financial news stories or free verse. We still need to cultivate our inner muses.

Unstrap that proverbial thinking cap for a moment.

Take a listen to this remarkable and whimsical song about imagination. (No, it’s not John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Guess again. This one is off-the-charts for creativity.)

I love this stanza:

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination.
Living there
You'll be free
If you truly wish to be.

Maybe Willy Wonka was right.

Can you imagine?

Of course you can!

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
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  1. Thanks for this blog has been started with the purpose to get followers (and to inform people about the TRUTH in Greece and how lovely the people are), and then publish my first book. Hopefully with a loyal blog following, I might get some interested parties who want to read it!
    As a first time writer, it's a difficult process, but as an English Language teacher, I am always encouraging my students to be imaginative...something I love using when writing.

    I shall keep up with your tips - many thanks and Happy A-Zing.


  2. daydreaming sure is a great exercise. I think it's very important for writers to let their imaginations wander.:)
    Great A-Z post!

  3. Hi…I’m hopping over from the A to Z Challenge. Lovely post…good luck with the challenge. I’m a new follower!

    Donna L Martin

  4. My imagination and the tendency to fantasize is what got me to my first book. Working with words is what got me THROUGH it. And now my determination is what got me a publisher. I love this process of writing! Great post!!

    I'm a new follower via the A to Z.


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