Excuse me, but is that a PURPLE ELEPHANT?
Why yes, it is.
Where in the world would you find a purple elephant?
In the realm of imagination, of course.
Artists love to paint elephants. Some artists choose realism and create elephants that look like they have walked out of an African forest. Other artists are inspired to paint whimsical elephants (like me). There is room for both, of course.
Writers of fiction are great fabricators–they take an idea for a story and let their imagination run with it. And, if permitted, the imagination can take you on a ride into the great unknown! In a sense, fiction writers might begin their story with “I wonder what would happen if…” and then take off into a flight of fancy.
When you write from the place of imagination, you typically want to have your story grounded in some “facts”. Your reader appreciates some plausibility or credibility in order to hinge his/her mind onto something recognizable.
Years ago, I remember watching the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with the actor, Danny Kaye. There was a remake in 2013 with Ben Stiller…I haven’t seen it yet…I think I’ll rent that one tonight. This story is based on author James Thurber’s classic story of a daydreamer who drifts off into an imaginary world, escaping his mundane life. He is, of course, the hero of his daydreams.
In your writing, do you dare to enter the wild and unpredictable territory of imagination? Have you written from this place? What story can you create out of thin air? Even if you are a non-fiction writer, can you allow yourself the play that imagination steals one into? Do you want to give it a try? It might feel like you have veered off course, but why not? Don’t new inventions rise from someone’s untethered imagination? The questions being “How can I do this better or make this easier or what if I do this or try that, then what?”