Writers are thinkers. If you spot one staring off into space, there’s a strong chance they’re thinking about their stories.
Writers are also daydreamers. If you spot one staring off into space, but they’re making weird faces, they’re probably daydreaming–aka, acting out their story in their mind.
Thinking and daydreaming are like two peas in a pod, but just like no pea is exactly alike, there is a slight difference between daydreaming and thinking.
Daydreaming is the creative, messy part–all you see is the story playing put in front of your mind’s eye, like a movie. You see characters fall in love, you see them die, you see the gorgeous scenery of wherever that lovely field is, etc.
Thinking is the logical part. It’s when you pick the story apart piece by piece in order to figure out if the plot flows in a logical way, if this character is vital or a detriment to the plot, or a list of things you need to research, especially if you’re writing historical fiction.
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