Think about this… Imagine that!

Are you anxious about not having much imagination?

Niki de Saint Phalle, Where do you get your ideas?

The best ideas can come out of the blue

Do you worry?

Do you daydream?

Do you plan holidays?

Do you plan ahead for the weekend?

If you’ve said yes to any of those questions, you have a perfectly good imagination. In fact, if you’re human and reading this, you have a perfectly good imagination. Without it, you couldn’t worry, think about the future, daydream, write a shopping list, plan a holiday, or decide what to have for supper. Let alone run a household or fall in love or fantasise or buy Christmas presents…

You may not realise it, but you have to imagine everything you want to do before you do it. Think about it. First the idea, then the reality.

Are you aware that you’ve been trained to think? And that thinking is different to imagining?

The education process – a dozen years at school, at least – is all geared to teaching us to think. To analyse, to be logical, to manage, organise, filter, file, memorise… We are not taught to be inventors or innovators; original thinking is discouraged. Art lessons are about technique and art history; English lessons are about structure and syntax and organizing facts and subtext and other writers’ stuff.

School is designed to make us focus on the path to employment, vocation, career. We have to think about getting a proper job as soon as we get to high school. Before we even hit puberty, we have to stop daydreaming and playing, and be serious.

And what happens to our imagination? You tell me.

So… the good news is that your imagination is there, in full working order.

The bad news is that with nothing else to do, it’s bubbling away, concocting nightmares and waking you up at 3am in a muck sweat, keeping you awake, worrying.

The better news is that you can use all that imaginative power to create beauty and delight in whatever way you choose.

The best news is that you can learn how to grab hold of your imagination and go for a wild ride…and you can learn how in one single day. Actually you’ll learn the big secret in less than 10 minutes. The rest of the day will show you just how amazing your imagination is, and reinforcing the good news.

Where? How? At the Where do you get your ideas one-day workshop – see dates and venues here.

No hard work. No experience needed. And here’s the best bit: No thinking...  

I guarantee you will have a great time. I guarantee you will succeed. I guarantee you will go home with new characters and new stories. I guarantee you will have more confidence in your storytelling. I guarantee that you’ll be surprised and delighted with what your imagination produces.

Now… I dare you to have a go. I dare you to make the breakthrough and find the story that needs writing. Email me today and ask any questions you have. Sign up today and commit to becoming a storyteller: on the page, on the stage, on the screen.

Go on… I dare you.

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About Arabella McIntyre-Brown

I'm a writer from West Sussex is southern England, but after 30 years of urban life in London and Liverpool, I now live in a remote village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. My new book is published in November 2016: "Din Liverpool in Carpati: cum mi-am gasit fericirea în inima Transilvaniei"
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6 Responses to Think about this… Imagine that!

  1. Love this blog, its so true. As an ex-teacher I have to agree with just about all of it. The only time we encouraged the imagination of a child was through “creative writing”. And my imagination was churning over last night and I woke from a dream I have had many times. I have a secret house somewhere, its a weird old place and has all kinds of problems and I just dont know how to either fix them or pay to fix them. So I always lock it up and walk away…… until the next dream which is similar yet different…………maybe I really should blog that myself? Hmmmmm

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    • abbspepper says:

      Sounds like the start of a book, Mike…

      btw – how does Fri 8 March in Manchester (prob Didsbury) suit you?

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      • Sounds abfab to me, Didbsury is just fine, can even get there by train from my new home in the hills around Glossop. Know Didsbury so well, was at Didsbury College for 4 years in the 70s. Best years of my life without any doubt … now that could be a book. Any particular venue in mind?

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      • abbspepper says:

        Depends on numbers, so will decide closer to the date.
        Glossop is pretty country – love driving over the tops there. Must be lots of snow today?

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  2. Great post! Imagination is the one luxury that all humans possess without regard to any forms of discrimination. And the best part—it’s boundless! So let’s tap into it and create.

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