Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a nice day today.
I have had MD since childhood. Mine didn't seem to come from any trauma despite it being listed as a possible cause. I just felt the urge to run around while I was daydreaming to make my daydreams "stronger." My mom had no problem with it, so she let me pace around the room in peace. My daydreams work as TV in my head. I can entertain myself for hours on my own stories. The closest comparison I have to this is people who write fanfiction.
That's how I form my stories; I take ideas, characters, and plots from shows, movies, or books I've read and incorporate them into my fantasies. I have a reoccurring character that tends to feature in the majority of my stories. I never saw my daydreaming as maladaptive until I noticed that it was causing me to have attention issues. I procrastinate a lot by daydreaming and because it's like watching tv in my head, it's hard to pay attention. Imagine trying to listen to someone talking to you while you have the tv on or music playing at the same time; that's going on 24/7 for me.
I still enjoy my daydreams because it's a way for me to be creative since I'm not really into writing fiction. I've tried, but I get bogged down with the nitty-gritty details of writing, like keeping characterization consistent or trying to come up with original world-building. I don't care about that stuff, I just want to get to the good part. If I could find a way to better balance out my daydreams with my personal life, I would keep my daydreams entirely. I don't think it's something that needs to be "cured," but rather something that needs to be managed with helpful coping techniques since daydreaming is a normal form of stress relief. It's when it gets in the way of productivity or becomes a substitute for real meaningful relationships that it becomes maladaptive in my opinion. I just feel very attached to my paracosm like you would with a novel you worked really hard on for years.
How do you guys feel? Do you have any characters you love to keep using for storylines? What are some of your inspirations?
Post by cryptographicice on Jul 27, 2021 2:34:20 GMT
If I had a way to plug a printer into my head I could probably make some great Hollywood scripts. I'm not, sure if its just a missing skill but I seem unable to capture the greatness of my DD on paper. When I close my eyes I can see the happy little trees, but when I'm holding the paint brush I just cant seem to make it look like whats in my head. That being said I would probably never share them anyway.
I would like to think I have a mix of new characters and ones that have been with me since I was a child. Although I'm sure they have changed. Characters that have been with me a while do tend to be the lead characters.