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How dreams inspire creativity and become essential for story development

Have you ever been inspired to write a story by your dreams? Have you ever wondered how a dream can become part of an author’s creative work? Let me share with you the discoveries I’ve made as part of my author journey.

 

First of all, when I am in the midst of writing or revising a novel, sometimes the scenes trickle to me word by fleeting word. However, they often flow to me like a waterfall. When that happens, I have to let my fingers fly over my keyboard, to keep up with the story racing into the innermost recesses of my soul.

 

Although these bursts of inspiration can come to me during the daylight hours, I don’t stop being creative when I sleep. On the contrary, my dreams are a huge part of my story development. Although there are times I wake up from dreams of unusual places, or I meet people and hear conversations that may not have anything to do with my stories on the surface, the longer I ponder and write them in my journal, the more they unfold as I brainstorm. I may even talk to another writer friend of mine and explain the dream to her to get her perspective. It is after I give voice to the dream scene, I see the importance of specific elements that can be added to the story.  Certain elements may be connected to one specific character, or a group of characters.

 

Does this mean that all elements of my dreams are used in my writing? Not always, certain elements can symbolize specific aspects of my work in progress. However, a quote may be the important factor, leading the way to ideas I don’t see, as I struggle with a tough scene. Let me give you an example of what I mean. I was looking at my upcoming novel, entitled Journey to the Mountaintop, when I found part of a chapter I wasn’t satisfied with. I struggled with it, thought it over, and prayed about it, but I couldn’t figure out why I was unsatisfied with it to save my life. But early one morning, I dreamed that I was resting in a recliner at a medical facility, before some sort of procedure. The procedure wasn’t important, but the setting and the quote helped me expand on the ending and turn it into a new chapter. Before I share the quote with you, let me say that the nurse happened to be one of my characters in my WIP. She said these words: “Plot holes are like wounds; they both can be stitched up.” This quote stuck with me and I told another friend of mine about it through text messages. As we were brainstorming what this might mean, I began to pray about it and the next morning, I figured out what plot hole needed to be stitched up and what disjointed scenes needed to be connected.

 

Here’s the one thing I want you to remember as you read this post: Every element in your dreams may not be significant to your story development. For example, I recently had a dream in which I stood in a cafeteria, trying to enter my food voucher code. I keyed it into the computer twice with no success. However, the server was able to decipher the code and successfully enter it the third time. After some contemplation and journaling about this dream, I discovered how the code element could be used in conjunction with my villains’ vehicles.

 

Although certain elements of your dreams may be important to your storytelling process. There are times when the entire dream is used as part of your story. My advice to aspiring authors is twofold. Don’t always take your dreams at face value. Don’t wave them aside if they don’t make sense on the surface. Take time to study them, brainstorm with a writer friend or write them in your journals. Allow the important aspects of your dreams to symbolize certain scenes of your story or inspire deeper meaning in the revision process. How do your dreams inspire your creativity? Are they a large part of your overall story development? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and give this post a like and a share or two

 

Until next time, keep dreaming and happy Writing. May God richly bless you in your creative endeavors.

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Developing imagination and creativity through reading

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On the heals of one of the subjects Dr. Jennifer Ikner Lowry talks about a lot on her podcast, this blogpost has some very important tips we should consider as both readers and writers.

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To hear my interview on the Jen Lowry Writes podcast, please visit the following link:

https://anchor.fm/jen-lowry-writes/episodes/Special-Author-Interview—Ann-Harrison-Barnes—

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Focus On Creation, Not Competition.

If you believe that being an author is a collaboration, rather than a competition, this post will show you how that statement rings true. It’s also true in other industries as well. If you enjoy this post and agree with what the author has to say, please leave a comment on the original blog, give it a like and a share or two.

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#Author #Interviews: #indie #writer @pjlazos discusses #writing & #family, caring for the #environment, & finding the right #writingcommunity

Good morning everyone in the blogosphere. Today I am sharing an interview with one of our own wordpress community. To P.J. Lazos, owner of the site Green Life Blue Water, I really enjoyed this interview and I hope others who read it will check out your work as well.

I also found journaling to be therapeutic for me after suffering emotional abuse twice. I also think music is a great source of healing, and combining it with keeping a journal can help you get rid of the painful goop in your head and clear your mind for more creativity. Now, I find that my journal also surves as a dumping ground for scenes that I need to take out of my novels in progress.

Please read the post linked here and give it a like and a share or two. If you have a comment, please leave it on the author’s blog.

Blessings to you all and happy reading and writing.

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The muse is speaking to me through my internal music

Hello my lovely peeps,

Today I am feeling really energetic and creative. I have a feeling I am going to get some writing done. Let me tell you how I came to this revelation.

 

Have you ever had one of those days when you can feel the chill of a story that’s been hidden inside you for who knows how long, just waiting to come out? How about hearing a melody in your head that isn’t necessarily a familiar one, yet you can’t shake it no matter how you try? Today I am hearing a melody within me, and I just feel a story coming out of it, but I can’t put my finger on what the tune is trying to tell me. As I was going to eat lunch, I heard the muse tell me “look at Journey to the Mountain Top”. I’m not sure, but I have a distinct feeling that this mysterious melody is telling me something about my second novel.

 

What do you think? Could this be my novel calling out to me, or the makings of a different story? Have you ever experienced this feeling right before you start a story, or when you’re in the throes of a novel? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Remember dear writers, our words are our instruments and our songs are the stories we tell.

Happy writing and God bless you on this beautiful Friday afternoon.

 

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”Innovation Begins With Creativity”

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This article gives a whole meaning to the word :creativity: Are you a “bit cC” Creative person or a “little c” creative person? Read the article and find out for yourself. The answer to this question might come as a surprice to you! I know it did for me.

Happy Writing and God bless. Let’s get creative!

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Familiar, or not so familiar aspects in life that invoke interesting emitions

In the past few days, a recurring thought has made its way back into my mind. When I hear a familiar song for the first time in a long while, there’s something about that song that sometimes hits a specific nerve, and makes me either love it, or feel inspired by it. Sometimes I can read a book, and the feeling of tension, suspense, or fear that the author portrays in the book comes through to me in a special way. Sometimes it’s a new song hits me in a different way than it has hit me before or since that time I heard it.

Let me explain how this has happened recently for me. My husband got a game for the blind called A Hero’s Call. As I listened to him play the game, and listened to the walk through on youtube, I felt that interesting sense of excitment/inspiration or even that aha moment, where it sparked a bit of creativity, or sparked an interesting image or emotion in my head that I couldn’t let go of for a long time.

Here’s my question to you, my dear readers. Have you ever heard or seen something that invoked these feelings like I’ve just described? If so, what did you see, hear or read that sparked this interesting excitement that you can’t put your finger on? Hwere you inspired by these interesting emotions? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Happy 2018, and may you fulfill all the writing goals you have set for yourself in the new year.

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Inspired by a melody in the sea of dreams

In the sea of dreams, a distant memory fades like a melody floats away on the wings of the wind. A song in your heart is a song that gets stuck in your head, and fills your heart with love, joy, longing, sadness, and a whirlwind of emotion, which can swirl around you like a title wave when you least expect it. When the melody fades, the memory lasts for a lifetime, even though you feel an emptiness inside as the music drifts away.

There are times when the music that has faded away, comes back to us and makes itself known either in a dream, or as a familiar melody from another source. We never truly forget the melody that plays inside our hearts. The melody that seems to float away from us in our sea of dreams and memories, appears to drown out the cluster of memories that are continuously vying for our attention. Let the music in your heart speak to you. Float away on the wings of this melody, and let the music take you where it will.

This unforgettable melody can come to me, when I least expect it. The music is simple, yet deep, and filled with beauty, longing, love, and it ignites my fire of creativity in a very special way. It often speaks to my soul of its own accord, or it opens the door for my characters to make themselves heard as they tell me their stories.

This music of which I speak, doesn’t always come from a song or classical work, it sometimes comes from a TV show, movie, the ringing of church bells on a warm day, our neighbor’s wind chime or a simple conversation with a neighbor. Yet there are times when inspiration comes as I sit in silent thought.

How do you become inspired by the melody that floats to you on the wings of the cold winter wind? Where does your internal melody take you, as you glide with it across your sea of memories? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. May you have a joyous Christmas with your family, and I wish you all the best in the New Year.

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wrap yourself in the blanket of peaceful music

I float away on the wings of the wind, as a soft melody plays all around me. The gentle breeze takes me to new places, where dreams come true, and the wings of imagination can take you anywhere.
Let your mind wonder as you listen to the soft music from witin your heart. Where will the music take you? Where will the journey begin and where will it end? It’s all left up to the music, so don’t stop the flow, just let yourself go, and let the soothing soundscapes take you where they will.
Let the soft music wrap you in a blanket of peace and love, as the waters of stress and trouble drift away on the ebbing tide of relaxation as you drift into a peaceful, dreamless sleep.
If you do not wish to fall into the arms of the music and let it take you to a distant dream land, let the blanket of calm and tranquility inspire you to be creative. Don’t think about what you will write, draw, make, just let the thoughts and words flow from your heart, to your fingers, to the pen, computer screen, or into your creative projects.
God gave us the gift of peaceful music, so let’s take it and alow it to mold us in the way it desires. We will love the changes it makes in our lives. Happy reading, writing, and may you be richly blessed. May the peace of the soothing music flow over you like a river.

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The weird and wacky thoughts and ideas that get stuck in my head

Over the past few days, I was thinking a lot about the crazy thoughts and ideas that get stuck in my head. If you get a song stuck in your head, that’s called an earworm. There are numerous ways to get rid of the unwanted songs in your head, but there are those you want to remember. One of the ways to get rid of the entire songs or snippet from the songs is to play the song, whether online or from a CD. However, I have done that, and a certain segment of the song in my head gets royally stuck, and I definitely can’t get rid of it, because I am so drawn to that certain chord progression. This type of earworm is difficult to get rid of.
You may think this is about songs that get stuck in your head, right? Wrong. I not only get bits and pieces, or maybe even entire songs stuck in my head, but there are other sounds, creative thoughts, and observations about the world around me that I either can’t get my head around, or that just won’t turn loose. For instance, if I meet a person who has different values, aspects of his or her culture or different abilities that I can’t seem to let go of. Different types of disabilities even fascinate me. For example, I read a couple of novels that featured characters with Asperger’s syndrome, the high end of the Autism spectrum. Not only was I fascinated to learn about the disability itself, but there was something about one of the characters hearing the sound of plans dying. I didn’t actually hear this sound for myself, but I read online about the sound of corn stalks making a popping sound when they are dying of thirst.
Sometimes the simple sound of a phone’s ringer shorting out can get stuck in my head, or any weird sound that signifies as a problem with an electronic piece of equipment, or even the oddest sound in a vehicle. For instance, I remember one time when I was a kid at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, and the intercom system started squeaking on a very rainy day. No matter whether the secretaries were making announcements or trying to communicate with the teachers, the system would emit a high pitched squeal. I remember having a dream about that very glitch with the intercom, years later.
Although some may think my thought process is strange, I strongly believe that my thought process leads to my creativity. For instance, if I get a scene stuck in my head, it won’t let go of me until I write it down. Remember the article about the CB radio I posted a while back? That is just one example of a creative idea that I couldn’t turn loose of.
Here’s my question for you: Have you ever gotten an unusual thought that you couldn’t let go of? How did it influence your writing? Did it inspire some other aspect of creativity or did the thought lead you to conduct further research on the topic surrounding it? Leave your feedback either in the comments below, or by filling out my contact form. Happy reading and God bless each and every one of you.