Dreaming About Writing

Hey, my new blogging friends!

I’ve been in bed the past few days with a sinus infection that took me out…I had so much to do and was frustrated, but then had this amazing dream that would make a great picture book. I guess my brain refused to stop working.
I realized that I have very descriptive dreams! I remember colors, textures, smells, heart wrenching emotions, joy, confusion, terror, etc. I have used several dream ideas in my writing and wondered if other writers do the same?
I always keep a notebook and pen beside my bed, I journal about my dreams and try to figure out what the underlying meanings are.
In college, I wrote a research paper about dreams and learned that they help us deal with events or people in life that we can’t or haven’t dealt with in reality. Those dreams where we fall into the depths of the unknown serve a purpose! Really!
I love how ridiculously silly dreams can be!

Check out the link below for Writer’s Relief and the article they shared about dreams…

So….here is a story starter that you can all continue by posting comments. Please write at least one sentence and let’s make it funny! The stranger the better!

I was running through the tall grass, as hummingbirds buzzed over my head, dive-bombing toward me…

Here is a link to Writer’s Relief

http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2012/01/creative-writing-dreams/

This is an interesting look at how dreams can improve your writing!

Do You Dream In Paragraphs? Mine Your Dreams For Writing Ideas
Posted on January 23, 2012 by Writer’s Relief Staff • 9 Comments

Awake or asleep, creative writers are dreamers. But what’s the connection between writing and the dreams that come of their own accord at night? And how can a writer tap into this rich source of inspiration and creative energy?

If a writer can forge a link between the imagery and symbolism of their dreams and the power of their own writing, creative sparks will fly. Sometimes a snippet of a dream is all it takes to inspire a poem, story, or novel.

Examples Of Stories That Were Sprung From Dreams

Richard Bach was moved to write the first few chapters of Jonathan Livingston Seagull after he heard “a disembodied voice” whisper the title in his ear. But it wasn’t until eight years later, after a dream that featured the famous seagull, that he was able to finish his hugely popular novella.

Stephen King, too, has looked to dreams for inspiration. In Writers Dreaming by Naomi Epel, King says, “…when I got road-blocked in my novel It, I had a dream about leeches inside discarded refrigerators. I immediately woke up and thought, ‘That is where this is supposed to go.’”

Mary Shelley wasn’t even fully asleep—she lay down and closed her eyes and was haunted by a ghastly mental image that inspired her to write Frankenstein. “I began that day with the words, ‘It was on a dreary night of November,’ making only a transcript of the grim terrors of my waking dream.”

Even if a writer’s dreams don’t have a direct influence on their work, their creative energy can generate forward movement. Maurice Sendak, in Writers Dreaming, says, “What dreams do is raise the emotional level of what I’m doing at the moment. They add color or counterpoint to the work, acting as an almost symphonic accompaniment to what I’m doing.”

How to Make the Most of Your Dreams

1. Pay attention to your dreams and jot down notes about them as soon as possible when you wake up. You may be able to glean general ideas—themes, plot, characters, or settings—from the wild tangle of images, if not the full concept of a novel. Dreams can certainly be a jumping-off point for the creative process.

2. Try making a conscious effort, before going to sleep, to be present and aware in your dreams that night. Some people describe being aware of dreaming while in the midst of a dream and are able to participate more fully in the dream or even direct it to a certain extent—something that would certainly take some practice, but what fun it would be!

3. If you’re suffering from writer’s block or faced with a seemingly insurmountable plot problem, concentrate on the problem right before drifting off. Your subconscious may work to resolve the dilemma overnight and either reveal a resolution in a dream or upon awakening.

“The brain is so strange and wondrous in its mystery. I think it creates a number of things for itself—it creates launching pads and resting places—and it lets steam off and it reworks itself.” (Maya Angelou, Writers Dreaming)

Simply be aware of the process—and the power—of dreaming to tap into that creative energy—and use it to your writing advantage!

Question: Have you ever written anything that was inspired by a dream?

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2 thoughts on “Dreaming About Writing

  1. I had a dream about having a dream once. I know, kind of tangled up, right? But I dreamed about a woman who was dreaming about a summer when she was a teenager. I ended up writing a short story about it and how real the dream was to her and what happened that summer. It was one of the easiest stories I ever wrote, because the whole story was lurking there in my head. Once I started, the words just kept pouring out. Now if I could just get a dream about writing a best-selling novel…

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