Have you ever had a Paracosm?

What the heck is a paracosm? Not what you might think:) Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one’s mind. This fantasy world may involve humans, animals, and things that exist in reality; or it may also contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien, and otherwordly. Commonly having its own geography, history, and language, the experience of such a paracosm is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years.

Imagination (tiles) - HNBDEver wonder where your inspiration comes from – besides occasional visits from a surly muse?

If you were lucky you had a paracosm when you were a child.

A lot of children have sophisticated internal worlds. By my tenth birthday my paracosm filled my mind with extraordinary peoples and universes; it served as endless distraction and it was a safe place for a kid.

As I grew older and the pesky realities of life invaded my paracosm; my access to wonderful adventure and escape was blurred. Now, after years of reality, I allow myself to cross into that special land once in a while. It’s still fantastic. As an adult it is my inspiration.

If you were lucky enough to have a secret land, activate your memory banks. The time trip backward is worth the effort, and you never know what hidden treasures you might find.

If you had a paracosm do you populate your current writing with its characters and magic landscapes? bokeh-kiss_l

Thanks to Sara Swingle for Word Porn.

Image from Foter

12 thoughts on “Have you ever had a Paracosm?”

  1. I don’t recall any specific paracosm. I had a habit of sitting still and coming outside myself to look at the world around me. I remember feeling peace and study the real humans around me but that is all.

    My, oh my. sounds like I missed out on some interesting. 🙂

    1. Paracosm is wonderful, in retrospect, but can be a mixed blessing in the present. I have a world filled with characters I adore, but I can’t seem to write about anything else. Yikes! For now, that’s enough. Maybe my next novel will be about people in this day and this time, actual mainstream fiction. Time will tell!

      1. I think it’s c.o.o.l. I can’t write fantasy or otherworldly anything. Why not write about it? You’re not tired of that particular world and characters are you?

      2. I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but I love my characters more than ever. On my bumpy life road I created several very strong people, people I wished I was more like. Talk about setting goals! I wonder how many authors we read everyday have paracosms. J.K. Rowling had one and we know how her’s worked out!

  2. Why, yes, I had a paracosm once–although I wasn’t aware that’s what it was called!
    Back in high school, I had a space opera style made up world I could retreat to. I never wrote much about it, (I was convinced I wasn’t a very good writer … ) but I drew a lot.
    You’ve made me wonder what it might be like to visit there again. 🙂

  3. Children should definitely be encouraged to write down their worlds so they can recapture the joy later on in life…how I regret not doing so…I don’t remember my worlds of back then but I do indulge occasionally with some mild surrealism here and there.

    1. You are so right about encouraging kids to share their worlds, if they want to. Rest assured, your childhood worlds are still in there somewhere. I can tell by your whimsical comments you haven’t lost your love of the odd and fantastic:)

  4. My childhood paracosm grew and changed… and merged with the one belonging to my twin. A surprising number of elements — characters and places and events — from the stories I made up in my head when I was much younger have made their way into the stories that we are writing now. (I still haven’t found a use for that giant frog-like monster from when I was 3, but you never know…)

    1. Wow! I never thought of twins with paracosms. That is so fascinating. As a child I would have loved to have a trusted buddy to share my world with. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me:)

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