To Dream a Dream
I’ll admit it. Most of my story ideas come from dreams. It usually starts with a snippet then I know I have something when it continues to plague my sleep for days. Character’s names, looks, personality traits show up full-blown, ready to be explored. I don’t know how or why I dream what I do, but I’m sure glad I do. I’ve gotten some amazing writing out of just that quick snap of a scene that draws me in and captures my attention.
Some people might ask if I play one of the characters in my dreams. It kind of starts out that way, then I realize I’m seeing the “world” through their eyes and I’ll catch a glimpse of my hero/heroine or even villain. Sometimes, it’s just a bit player who comes to show me the way out of a terror-filled nightmare. Grateful as I am, I give them a role to play in my next-work-in progress.
There are times that dreams help me to figure something out that’s wrong with my story (a sort of unconscious tinkering on the problem until “boom” my vision clears and I see the way past.). I’m not sure if all writers do what I do, but it’s basically how I figure things outs when I reach a stumbling block.
So do your dreams help you past a sore spot? Deliver you the goods on an exciting premise? Or is there another way you come up with your stories? (Ideas also come to me when I’m watching TV, a movie, listening to music, or reading a book.) Always bounce your dream off what you know works as a whole in writing (I mean, sometimes a dreams just a dream).They can become that next popular novel, or fizzle if half-baked. There are times when dreams weave together too, strands of a rope. So catch on, let it drag you through the waters, and help you avoid those dreaded sharks of uncertainty. Good luck in your writing.