In fact, my brain is always running on two planes. While I live in the real world, I'm seeing, feeling, and experiencing things through the eyes, ears, and hearts of my characters. My day to day experience(s) lend themselves to my creative side, where I delve head and heart first into every detail. I try to capture the feeling of every second so that I can remember every element.
Even something as simple as driving in traffic becomes a scenario in which I create a storyline or imagine what different characters might be going through (while they're sitting in the middle of traffic!) Really?? Who does that?
Sometimes, whatever I've experienced creates a whole new story set for a brand new character that I file away in the back of my brain, where I store until I can dedicate time to writing. While on other occasions, these day dreaming sessions are just another addition to a storyline I'm defining.
I would love to know if other authors or writers do this very same thing. Do you know anyone else like this? Do you have writer friends? Are you a writer with these same quirks? I'd love to hear from you...