Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Pro's and Con's of an Overactive Imagination

by Maureen L. Bonatch 

Once in awhile I have someone new to my books comment that I must have quite the imagination. Although the interpretation of this comment comes from the manner in which they make this remark. Sure, sometimes it’s to discuss the storyline or the uniqueness of a character, but other times it’s said slowly, with a pointed look, as if uncertain of the stability of the mind of someone who could imagine such a story.

Those who have an overactive imagination understand—or at least they pretend they do. If they find those like-minded a discussion can be held about whatever unusual thought just passed though their mind with a nod of understanding or excitement at exploring the extraordinary possibilities.

Those who don’t have much of an imagination just might become a little, well, uneasy.

How Much Is Too much Imagination?

  • Pro- You can write outrageous, imaginative stories
    • Con- Some of the people who read these stories become a little uncomfortable after this peek into the dark crevices of your cranium 
  • Pro- Midnight hours of your neighbors’ indicate potential stories of werewolves, vampires or serial killers
    • Con- You sometimes lose sleep thinking about these possibilities
  • Pro- You can entertain yourself for hours without really doing anything
    • Con-Working your imagination doesn’t burn as many calories as you think it should and you can develop the dreaded “book butt”.
  • Pro- Nothing you view is completely ordinary if you look long enough
    • Con- Glazed staring into space isn’t good social practice—and neither is drooling
  • Pro-You can’t stop dreaming about “what if”…
    • Con-You can’t stop dreaming about “what if”…

Who's With Me? The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me


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Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter


Diane Burton said...

Yeah, too bad about not burning calories. LOL Good list of pros & cons. I can't imagine not having an overactive imagination. So much fun.

Francesca Quarto said...

If one's imagination isn't sending sparks of energy into our gray matter, we couldn't illuminate those dark shadows where the muse lies sleeping! I salute the "over-active" imaginings and pray I always suffer this condition while hammering away on the next story!
Thanks Maureen!
Francesca Q.

CJ Burright said...

Oh yeah, I can entertain myself for hours without doing much of anything...and stare into space, although I manage not to drool. :) Thanks for making me laugh!

Tamara Narayan said...

Book butt?! So that's what I've got. Staring off into space--yep, definitely guilty.

Maureen said...

Thanks for stopping by- it's nice to know I'm in good company :)

endy smith said...

Greetings! How much is too much imagination? I actually don't know... I am glad to discuss this topic with you in an appropriate and official form. Address to for details.