Flights of FancyThough not exactly the same words, this thought was one of my daily horoscope readings. It stayed with me, because while I'm not a classic flighty person, I do occasionally drift into flights of fantasy.
The dictionary has numerous meanings for "flighty."
1. Given to capricious or unstable behavior
2. Easily excited
3. Characterized by irresponsible or silly behavior.
None of these suited or pleased me. All are somewhat derogatory. I am none of those.
The Century Dictionary gave me this interpretation:
1. Indulging in flights or sallies of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.
2. Given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct.
6. Slight delirious.
7. Wandering in mind
I appreciate this group of definitions much better, especially "wandering in mind." This seems to be a common condition of those who write fiction--maybe non-fiction, too. My husband has brought me back to earth often by speaking a little more loudly to get my attention. Yes, he knows my mind has wandered off into some unknown realm, but he doesn't understand that I'm in deep, creative thought. It only appears that I've become addle-brained.
The second good definition is "indulging in flights or sallies of imagination."
Don't we who are authors consider this an absolute necessity to write fiction?
Where do we get our ideas? Books, movies, images, people, places, dreams, and even news headlines. Any one of those might set me off into the wild blue yonder, imagining the beginning of a story or creation of a character.
What attributes do we need to be good storytellers? Passion, patience, a thick skin, ambition--and perhaps an occasional bout of flighty behavior.
At least, I don't think it would hurt.
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