Some ideas for cultivating an active fantasy life:

Allowing yourself time alone . "My best work often happens on a quiet Sunday or when I'm off at a beach house," says Marc Lippman. "When you're alone on a plane is the time to write that outline for your co-author."

Read books, see movies and plays, take part in drama and dance . "You know more," says Don Davis, "and have more to work with."

Don't screen out experience . Jim Morris thinks it important, for example, to expose children to all types of music. Limiting experiences limits creative powers.

Put incongruous things together Stewart Aledort believes that a really creative mind will refuse to stick to conventional combinations. How about pomegranates and avocados as a centerpiece?

Listen to your children . Davis tries not "to set children straight" when their interpretation of a situation is different from his. "If you think about it, you'll realize that they see quite clearly, but differently."

Invent thinking games . Morris uses automobile time to stretch a child's mind. They can stretch yours too.

Listen to the radio . "Let visual images surge up in your mind," says Barbara Wallace. "Tv leaves little to the imagination."

Keep an open mind. "Give mind and feelings free play to take in all experiences," says John Kofler. "The simplest things may spark a creative thought."