Some of the earliest memories of my childhood stem from using my imagination, long before I knew what the word truly meant. I still remember taking a book of Mother Goose, which belonged to my much older brother when he was a child, and rewriting the storylines in my head then acted out with my dolls and stuffed animals. Who cares how many were going to St. Ives, how about each cat is magic and everyone is on the way to start a new life far away from such a mathematically minded village?
Imagination is the fertile ground upon which each writer plants the seed of their storyline. It gives us the ability to move beyond our limited personal experiences. Born when gas was cheap and long car trips an inevitability, each adventure across the countryside was an opportunity to create new characters, new places, complicated situations. ‘Make-believe’ enabled me to move past the confining metal and wheels, to become part of the passing scenery.
I love to see old abandoned houses beside the road, usually overgrown with vines, with sagging front porches and left over furniture no one thought worth moving. Lives were lived and lost in these houses, but nothing remains except the walls to echo with the sounds of laughter or weeping. By building back stories for these houses, the despair and sadness drops as life returns, for at least that moment.
Proper sentence structure, excessive punctuation, theme and formatting – these are all things which can be taught and are highly important to the writing process. I know, because every English teacher I ever had told me so. But while my grammar didn’t often receive the marks I felt my papers deserved, never once did I lose points on imagination.
The ability to think creatively has taken us to the moon and the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Imagine all the possibilities if everyone worked outside of the box. What would you accomplish if there were no limits?
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