First off, I should say that I have A LOTof extra time on my hands because I just graduated from college and I'm in that area between college completion and finding a job. Everyday consists of me waking up when I want and doing what I want and this has been going on for about 2 months now- I know what you're all thinking - get a job ya bum! I will soon enough I'm just waiting for a response from my applications. I plan going back to college, but I need to take a break,so...
That said, I've been reading a lot books lately and something that I never noticed before is a correlation between my book reading and my creativity level. It's not that I get inspired to write about the stories, but the more I read, the easier it is to compose without any kind of block or hesitation whatsoever and ideas fill my head more than usual 24/7. I always have ideas and themes and such running around, but never at this level of intensity or abundance. The other thing is that I wake up every morning at about 2:00 a.m. and go into my studio and complete a piece in a few hours. This happens every night! I've completed about 20 pieces in the span of a month with a supreme quality that I've never attained before!
The next thing is my dreams. Now this is weird, weird, weird. When I began reading the amount of material (mainly fiction) that I have been, my dreams become extremely vivid and as weird as they have ever been. I realize that there is an atypical dichotomy in comparison to our normal daily organization, actions and thoughts and our dreams, but I don't even want to mention what my dreams consist on this forum, hesitant because of embarrassment. Nothing scary or frightening, but exceedingly vivid, all-embracing, and just plain weird. This may also sound strange, but I can almost consciously control my actions in my dreams.
For example, in the middle of one of my dreams I spoke a "number four" to another person, but I was holding up three fingers when I had said the number- so I remember thinking "that's not right" and I then held up four fingers and smiled knowing that I corrected myself in my dream. I knew I was dreaming, but the dream still continued. The dreams never contain any of the subject matter of my readings either, which I find odd.
Now get this, I recently went to TMEA and I stopped reading for those few days due to time and I noticed my creativity/ inspiration level had diminished a tiny bit and so did the dreams. This may be painfully obvious to everyone, but I believe that my reading is a kind of exercising of the brain. I cannot think of any other reason that these things would happen just from reading books!
Of course in college I had to read an atrocious amount of material, but never experienced any of the aforementioned changes. I attribute the amount of academic stress placed on me to have prevented these changes from happening, I'm not sure though. So, here I sit at 2:52 a.m. about to begin on another piece!
Please excuse me for babbling on and being so off-topic, but I just wanted to know what you wonderful, intelligent people on the forums thought about these things.
I know one thing for sure- I shouldn't stop reading books... ever!