Friday, June 18, 2010

Do Your Dreams Make it into Your Stories?

We've all heard about authors who were inspired by dreams, most noteably Stephenie Meyer with her meadow dream that turned her into a millionaire.  And some of you have even mentioned in the comments that you've been inspired by dreams.

Unfortunately, most of my dreams insert me in a movie or TV series, celebrities included, which is hardly original material.  So besides maybe a brief feeling of having acted in a movie, I can take nothing from them. 
Just the other week, my coworker said that we could relax, we would survive the next round of layoffs because her dream told her so (somewhat jokingly... she doesn't actually rely on these dreams).  And my boss said that she had a dream that gave her a similar feeling.  Feeling it was my turn for input I said, "Well, considering my last dream was about an alien-vampire hybrid, I don't think I'm much help here."  (I'd combined The Vampire Diaries, Roswell, and LOST)  It was a very interesting dream, but nothing I can USE.

How far do you allow your dreams to inspire you?  Are your dreams such an original thought that you can write it down, dialogue and all, and use that in your story?  Are you more inspired by the feeling the dream filled you with?  Did it perhaps spark an idea completely separate from the dream itself?  Or are you like me and can't use your dreams for inspiration at all??

9 comments:

  1. I'm in the same boat as you, Kristin. In part, I rarely remember my dreams. When I do remember them, though, they tend to be very abstract and would not make any sense in a story context.

    The one exception I have is a dream I once had about the end of the world. That one might be kind of cool as a story, but it would need a bit of work.

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  2. My dreams are always weird. A bunch of stuff thrown together that makes no sense at all. For me it's the time between waking up and actually opening my eyes that inspires me. I don't have that shield between my subconscious and my conscious. Of course I usually think I Have the greatest ideas ever. Once I actually wake up and my conscious mind steps in, I realize how terrible of an idea it was.

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  3. So weird you posted about this today! Two nights ago I awoke in the middle of the night with a fantastic dream that had excellent potential for a terrific story. I keep a pad of paper and pencil on my nightstand. Did I use it? Noooo. I was so tired I told myself I'd remember it in the morning. Well, in the morning the only thing I remembered about the dream was that it was a millionaire dream!

    LOL, maybe it wasn't that great of an idea, but the bummer thing is now I'll never know. :( I tried having the dream again last night. Didn't happen. But it's back there somewhere, I just need to somehow coerce it forward!

    Lesson learned: ALWAYS write down dreams no matter how tired you are!!!

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  4. Day dreams, rather than the ones I hardly remember dreaming at night, definitely inspire me.

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  5. My dreams are usually too weird to write about... Example: I've had a recurring dream in which Hansel and Gretel (in Humpty-dumpty egg form) rode a roller coaster made of purple candy-canes. Not really a bestseller waiting to happen. I envy those who can use their dreams, since I obviously can't. :P

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  6. In my last dream I was standing on a street corner in NYC singing with Rachael Ray. (I've never heard RR sing, but I sing like a sick cow.) :P

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  7. Sometimes I wake up thinking "I have to write this down," but when I write the dream down I realize it's unusable. The dream was either crazy, incomplete, or had too many unfillable plot holes.

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  8. My dreams inspire so many of my stories. I tend to dream about them when I'm writing. Once I even outlined a book in a dream and had to get a pen and paper the second I woke up so I could write it down.

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