There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dream a Little Dream

 All that we see or seem is but 
a dream within a dream.
{Edgar Allan Poe}
Have you ever gone to bed turning over a scene or a character in your mind, wondering what do with it, how to make it work? You sift through the muddle, tossing and turning the problem just as you toss and turn in bed, not wanting to fall asleep just yet so if a solution presents itself you can write it down.
You do fall asleep.
And you dream… 
The subconscious is toiling away even when you are not. The dream world influences your real world without asking permission. You dream a little dream and a plot problem is fixed, a new character is born, a million dollar story idea rouses you with a bang, like unexpected fireworks in the middle of the night.
It’s special and magical being a writer!
You're what I couldn't find,
A totally amazing mind 
So understanding and so kind.
You're everything to me.
Oh, my life
Is changing every day,
In every possible way.
And oh, my dreams,
It's never quite as it seems,
'Cause you're a dream to me,
A dream to me.
{The Cranberries “Dreams”}
Have you had a dream that influenced what you’re working on now, or perhaps gave you something new to work on?
Have a happy weekend, Zigzaggers!!!


Laura Pauling said...

I wish! Dreams have never directly given me the answer but sometimes the break is good and it will come later while running or doing some random thing.

Clara Gillow Clark said...

Thank you for this reminder of how to make our dream time work for our projects. I used to pose a question for myself before falling asleep and wake up with the answer.

Teresa aka Journaling Woman said...

I've come up with writing ideas from my dreams, does that count?

Have a great weekend.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Almost all of my fiction stories and ideas were inspired by a dream! If it was a good dream, I continue with it in my head after I wake. If it keeps going with little effort, I jot down the idea. One tiny wisp of a dream inspired my entire five-book series.

Trisha Leaver said...

My dreams, as twisted and crazy as they are, are often the impetus for my plots. I used to sleep with a notebook next to me to jot them down. Now I just wake up at all hours and start typing.

Saumya said...

Sometimes dreams have helped, although mine rarely make sense. Love those lyrics! Such a great song. I heard that the Twilight series started as a dream.

Bluestocking said...

Oh yes! Oftentimes when I get stuck somewhere, I let the story rest and then my subconscious gets to work. I've also had scenes come to me in dreams that I then work into stories and novels -- they usually end up somewhat different then how I originally envisioned them but the inspiration is the important part.

Laura Marcella said...

Laura- That happens for me too.

Clara- I try that too, but it rarely works for me.

Teresa- Yup! That's what this post is about!

Diane- Wow! You have a very active, creative subconscious.

Trisha- That's good you do that! I keep a small notebook on my night table but sometimes tiredness gets the better of me and I still don't write things down. I regret it in the morning then!

Saumya- That's true about Stephenie Meyer! I'm pretty sure she said that the dream she had was when Edward is all sparkly in the sunny field.

Bluestocking- I agree! My initial ideas end up differently too, but you need the start of something to get to the final!

Jemi Fraser said...

Most of my dreams are scary (not sure quite what that says about me...) so I often think I should write horror - but I'm too much of a wimp! :)

Arlee Bird said...

Big dream fan here! I have often gotten ideas from dreams or used the dreams as stories after modifying them to make more sense. I even used to write down my dreams each morning and keep a dream journal. It's something I have to do right away though or the dream is quickly forgotten.

Tossing It Out

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Laura, no, but I believe powerfully in the subconscious mind and have come up with many an article idea from midday napping. :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Nope, never dreamed about my books. But inspiration seems to find me a lot in the shower. No pen or paper. What's with that?

Laura Marcella said...

Jemi- My husband always has weird scary dreams too. I think it's from those violent video games he plays, haha!

Arlee- That's awesome! I write down my dreams too. It's always good to have it just in case!

Roxane- Midday naps are the best!

Kathi- You should get Aqua Notes! This is the website: