What is Imagination?

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So. What is imagination?

Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the ability to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through senses such as sight, hearing, or other senses.

–from Wikipedia; the Source of All Knowledge and Information

We are all born with this ability to form new images and sensations using nothing but the power of our minds. For some of us this ability continues to develop as we grow older, but for some it declines. Like all skills, imagination works best when it’s given plenty of nutrients and exercise. If you shove it in a corner and let it stagnate then it won’t be able to serve you as well, but it’s always there–always waiting for the right moment to be put back into use to make your world more bright and amazing.

So how do you use your imagination? You use it by asking questions like “What if…” and pondering the results. You use it by watching a movie that disappointed you and figuring out what would have made it better. You use it by looking at a bare spot on your wall, and imagining how much better it would look with some decoration. The more you use your imagination the better it will get at suggesting ways to improve your quality of living.

This blog is designed to encourage aspiring authors, but it also goes beyond that. You don’t have to be an “author” or a “musician” or an “artist” to have imagination and put it to good use. Perhaps your passion is as a veterinarian or a chef, but you too use your imagination. You use it in your work, but you also use it in your personal life. The ability to read critically, to understand art, to appreciate a concert is something that everyone ought to have regardless of their respective occupations. So even if you’re not a writer or a creator it is our hope that you will find value from this event, and this blog, by learning to open your mind, appreciate new things and see the world around you in a different light.

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