Creative Writers and Daydreaming- Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud has spoken about daydreaming and its relation with creative writing in this essay. He draws the connection of daydreaming with creativity. He compares a child with creative writers, who distance themselves from reality, and indulge in dreaming, emotions, and play with them. According to Freud, a child creates a world of his own, and arranges the world in a way that pleases him, and likes to link his world with the reality, but not seriousness. Similarly, a creative writer creates his own world of fantasy, and preserves a relation between his fantasy world and reality through language. Many works of these writers become exciting, as the unreality of the writer’s imaginative world becomes a source of pleasure for the hearers and spectators at the performance of a writer’s work. He says that a writer should not be confused with an author, since an author writes about the ready-made ideas, but a writer is someone who is writes about his fantasies and ideas, which are his own creations, and are not duplicate.
Freud discusses how, when a child grows up of playing with his imaginations seriously, these memories and experiences take place as humor, and with this humor, he can throw off the heavy burden of his life. As people grow up, they stop playing, and forget about the pleasure that they derive from playing, But Freud thought that a human cannot forget something from where he had induced pleasure, but instead exchange it with something else which gives them more pleasure. When a child stops playing and linking his imaginations with reality, he starts fantasizing. Freud believes that this fact has been overlooked, and is not appreciated by us.
Freud writes that it a child’s play is observable, but a man’s fantasies are deeply hidden from others. A child does not play his personal games in front of other adults, similarly, an adult rather confesses his misdeeds than his fantasies, but he doesnot realize that this kind of behaviour common in all other people. He distinguishes a child from adult by the way they conceal or reveal their fantasies. A child wants to become an adult, and want to live the life of an adult. But they do not let the adults know about it. On the other hand, the adults like to have fantasies, even if it is considered to be childish. Thus, an adult is always ashamed of his fantasies and dreams.
Freud distinguishes fantasies of a man and a woman. A woman’s fantasies are more erotic and their ambitions are driven by their desires. On the other hand, a man’s desire are driven by ego and ambitions. A man is always asked to suppress his excess self-regard and a woman is asked to have minimum erotic desires to find a place in the society.
Freud further speaks about dreams in day and night. He says that the daydreams are the fantasies that a man weaves, whereas the dreams at night are the wishes that the man is ashamed of. These dreams are also the repressed wishes which are pushed towards our unconsciousness.
Notes prepared by Krishna Bora on 7 February 2014.
Freud, Sigmund. Creative Writers and Daydreaming. Critical Essay. Print