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How’s Your Imagination Doing?

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Chiara Mazzucco

CEO, Editor-in-Chief at The Indie Chicks, Inc
Chiara got her start in the blogosphere by dishing out reality slaps on her dating and relationship blog. The brutal honesty that became her signature tone earned her the badass reputation she needed to get The Indie Chicks magazine up and running. She is also a web designer and author of The 9 Mirages of Love. Driven, stubborn, and wildly ambitious, she won’t stop until she is the perfect, self-empowered role model for all of her readers.

No, seriously. How’s your imagination doing lately? I’m assuming you’re not seeing dragons waging war and little toad conductors on your train ride to work. I’m also assuming that at one point in your life, you did.

Maybe it’s because Jewels and I are both writing YA novels right now and have been back and forth sharing and detailing plots and characters filled with magic and adventure. Or maybe it’s because every time I see Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart together, I get mad the books were ruined and tween-ized. If that’s even a term.

My point is, and I swear I have a point, when I was doing dishes today, I watched the water fill a bottle and overflow and I immediately imagined it turning into a volcano and flooding the house with beautiful lava. That’s how my imagination is doing.

Muscle Memory

When I was about 5 years old, my family owned a house on the outskirts of a forrest. Whenever my grandmother would take me for walks, she would tell me about the world of the fairies and other magical creatures that lived in that forrest. When I’d run home to tell my mom everything I had learned, she would nod her head and add to whatever tale my grandma had started. I grew up in a very magical environment and to this day, I remember my mom’s smile when I found a leaf that had been written on and she told me, “It’s a note from the fairies.”

Imagination was so important when we were kids. Most of us were allowed to wear our superhero capes to dinner, explore worlds and kingdoms in our backyards and have real, complicated relationships with our favorite dolls. Children need imagination.

But as the days pass and our hearts fall victim to the way of the world as we know it, we lose the magic that laid the foundation for who we are today. I’m not just Chiara. One day, a long time ago, I was a guest of a fairy kingdom that existed in my back yard. This isn’t my first time being a mom because I once had a life-sized doll with unevenly chopped hair who I took care of remarkably well.

Because, like riding a bike, imagination is still inside me; it helped build me.

Why Do I talk about Imagination?

Because you need it. Right now. For absolutely everything you’re trying to achieve.

I’m writing a book that relies on my imagination to successfully unravel. You may be writing a blog post that requires you to think outside of the box. You may be taking part in our makeover series and needing your imagination as motivation to keep you going on the treadmill. Or perhaps it’s a job promotion you want, which in order to obtain will require your creativity to blossom.

Imagination doesn’t have to be about fairies, magical kingdoms and superhero capes.

It just needs you to step out of your day to day routine, turn off the news and ignore your bank statements long enough to imagine the impossible is possible.

So again, I ask, how’s your imagination doing?

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  • http://www.habitsofthinking.wordpress.com Rene

    Oh goodness! How I wish I could imagine (and believe) the things I did when I was a kid. I’m going to be honest and say, my imagination is suffering these days. I see little glimpses of it when I’m running. Putting in miles is my “me time” and I can see my imagination running with me. However, when I’m back in the real world, I lose it. You made some great points, and I need to make keeping my imagination flowing throughout my day! Thanks for writing this!

    • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

      I’m the same, Rene! When I give myself me-time is when I feel pulses of my imagination.. it’s breathtaking, addictive, and I miss it terribly. That’s why I’ve been on a mission to bring it back full force (short of delusional, clinically diagnosed mental disorder, of course)

  • http://reviewsyoucantuse.blogspot.com Powdered Toast Man

    I only use my imagination for blog posts. I need to get back to being a little kid again. Time to build a pillow and blanket tent, NO Girls Allowed!!

    • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

      FORTS!!!!! Oh, toast man.. I’m going to fight my way in there. I love forts. I am so glad my 17 month old is starting to like them and play with pillows and blankets. I’m going to be all up in that.

  • Denise Haschka (Baer)

    My imagination is on hiatus. As much as I kick myself in the ass to get going, my imagination keeps wandering off in another direction.

    This weekend I plan on making a daily schedule of all the things I need to do, and I hope I stick with it. In the meantime, I’m setting up a tumblr account, and decided to start writing a new book of short stories called Snapshot Stories. ;) I’m also in the process of lurking everywhere to find a few critique partners. Wish me Luck!!!! *chases after imagination*

    • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

      Denise, that sounds like a fantastic plan.. and it doesn’t seem like your imagination is too far off track – I LOVED your badassery piece. Good luck with the tumblr account and so excited about your book of short stories. We’re here to help however we can if you’d like to publish anything on our fiction section!

      • Denise Haschka (Baer)

        Thanks, Chiara. I attempted the daily schedule, but so far, it hasn’t worked out. I’ll keep trying.

        BUT, I did get some writing done, started a tumblr account and finished the first short story.

  • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

    I’ve never felt more tapped into my imagination as I have since I started writing, and writing for pleasure. I am immersed in a world in my head that is full of possibilities and magic, where sprites, spirits and spells exist. It’s the most charged I’ve felt in a long time. My childhood played a HUGE part in that. I was outside, in the woods, in fantasy books, and allowed to dream. LOVE this article. Thanks for fueling my imagination through our email threads and cheering me on as I write.

    • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

      Fucking soul sister. I cannot wait to hear about spites, spirits and spells.. I am literally peeing in my panties to read your book!

  • D.K. Upshaw

    As a cartoonist, my imagination is running 24/7. I just have to learn to stay still long enough to create from it. What’s the use of imagining if you don’t put corresponding action to it?