Envisioned Writing

Envisioned writing refers to writing based on mentally playing out scenes. Before setting pen to paper, or pressing the keys, the writer thinks through the entire scene and imagines it.

Perhaps you fantasized as a child about delivering a smart comeback to a bully, thought about what it would be like to kiss the boy or girl of your dreams, or you interacted with an imaginary child. Envisioned writing encapsulates the fantasy element of daydreams and uses it to process the narrative before it’s written.

Author Dr. Ethel S. Person, a professor of psychology, writes, “(F)antasies have to do with future goals and dreams. They could be romantic, professional, even physical, like transforming yourself into an athlete or changing your appearance. That is why fantasy is so crucial to how we lead our lives. We are really infused by our fantasies, they can help establish goals and provide motivation to strive for them.”

Since fantasies can be so important to our lives and the choices we make for our future, it is beneficial to integrate the benefits of fantasy with writing to advance your writing process.

One of the clearest advantages of envisioned writing is that you will think things through visually in a way that doesn’t always happen when applying words to a page. This helps you see logistical variables that will affect the movements of the characters and it also ensures you identify key components in the scene that need to be relayed and described for the reader so that they have the proper context for the events.

Another benefit of this approach is that it ultimately saves you time. Envisioned writing does not simply rely on sitting at a desk (or anywhere else) and putting down words. It involves imagining scenarios that will happen that you will write about. This process can happen anywhere, and at any time that is convenient. Writers who have day jobs or busy family lives and struggle to fit in time to sit down and write can be processing a scene while riding the subway, taking out the trash, washing the dishes or even feeding their infant.

Added to the convenience of being able to work on your manuscript anywhere at any time, utilizing daydreams and fantasy to envision the scenes you will write will save you time once you sit down at the computer. Persons noted that, “Daydreams are building castles in the air, taking time out for a reverie. They are idiosyncratic and repeating, you concoct a daydream that becomes a favorite and at will you can call it up again.”

“Fantasies influence interpersonal relationships and how relationships are formed and with whom. When we form intimate relationships, we’re often responding to subliminal cues tied to our fantasies. For example, if a man fantasizes himself as a rescuer, he may not recognize that the woman he will seek out is one who requires, to some extent, rescuing, and a woman who fantasizes about being rescued in some fashion is more likely to respond to a man who in subtle ways indicates a willingness or ability to play that role. Many men and women have formed deep relationships because of reciprocal fantasies and may never discuss or even be aware of this subliminal connection.”

– The New York Times

Once you have created the scene and can recall it you can re-envision it as you write to ensure you get the details down as you imagined they would happen.

People tend to replay their fantasies until perfectly satisfied. When you can mentally revise a scene until you are completely happy with it then you will save time revising your work later or struggling to clarify details, because you will continue to add to a rich fantasy world in which your characters actually talk, breathe and move.

Embracing your imagination is a crucial step in the process of embracing productive thinking that will positively impact your writing. When you doubt you can achieve something you are less inclined to try. When you can hear and see your characters in your mind, in the world that you have created for them, you will believe in that reality. The story will become part of your truth, and when your truth informs your writing it will have authenticity and power. The writing process be easier, and the work you produce will be superior.