Putting The Brakes On A Train of Thought

Putting The Brakes On A Train of Thought by R.S. Mollison-Read

I spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming. This is on purpose; I set aside a great deal of time for it, and I have found that far from being a useless waste of time, a concerted effort to daydream has produced a bounty of inspiration and creative ideas.

For the most part, when I daydream, I allow my mind to wander aimlessly, wherever it might go, and if I happen to come across an interesting idea, I write it down. Sometimes though, I allow my mind to wander without the interruption of writing anything down, to see where  eventually end up.

In one such round of musing, I noticed something interesting. My proverbial ‘train of thought’ had come to a screeching halt, by a thought so absurd, that I had to pause for a moment, and trace exactly how I had arrived there. By examining in detail, the chain of thoughts that had led to the particularly peculiar one, I was able to dissect the connections, sometimes obvious, and other times meanderingly tenuous. In many cases, I found these connections implausible, and wondered how on earth my mind had ‘jumped the track’, to forge such a connection.

This realization made me wonder; just how valuable ‘putting the brakes’ on my train of thought might be. When I arrive at a thought that jolts me out of my daydream, is that the end of the track, or is it a full derailment? Should I be trying to stop the natural evolution of my daydreaming to write down an idea, or to ‘reset’ after my mind makes a strange connection? Sometimes these strange connections result in good ideas, but often they just startle me out of my daydream.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this! How do you daydream/ brainstorm? Tell me in the comments below!

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