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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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Fun and Interesting Dream Reflections

This post is in response to a post I read at http://dream4fun.com/2016/03/14/dream-insights-2/ which talks about how many people’s brains go on autopilot during their day to day work routines. However, night time is the time when dreams break the barriers in the brain, which allows new possibilities to arise, thus allowing creative ideas to flow freely. Although I am not one of these people who gets stuck in a mindless daily routine, I often have dreams that are inspired by my daily activities. Let me give you an example of the types of dreams I’m referring to. On Saturday night, I had a dream, wherein I was riding a bicycle. The bicycle’s seat was not that of a regular bike, but it was like a chair, with peddles on either side of a vertical bar. I compared the peddles of this bicycle to that of a toy rabbit on a bike . After I was satisfied with my comparison, I continued to peddle, while listening to a book on cassette. This dream was inspired by the few minutes I spend peddling on an exercise machine that is like riding a bike while standing. My daughter even encouraged me to peddle the thing backwards, which I believe inspired the dream even more. The interesting fact about this dream is that when I woke up, the image of me peddling a bike stuck with me until we left to take my daughter back to see her father.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had such dreams, inspired by my day to day activities.There have been times when I have peddled a stationary bike, either at a fitness center in an apartment where I’ve lived, or on one that I owned myself. In these dreams, I could either make the bike stationary, or peddle anywhere I wanted to go, while others involved bicycle races. One time I had a dream that I was riding on a tandem bike with a very dear friend. When the dream started out, I was peddling along with my friend; however, after a while, I lifted up my feet and we peddled at what felt like lightning speed, with the wind in our hair and had a blast! When I awoke, I went out to exercise on the front porch.
On other such occasions, I’d walk on a treadmill, or up and down the porch steps to get some exercise. I bet you can guess what kind of dreams these exercises inspired. If you’ve had such inspired dreams, please leave comments about your dreams, or about the dreams I’ve described above to keep the discussion going.If you’re interested to read more facinating dream facts and musings I’d like to encourage you to visit http://dream4fun.com . Until next time, happy reading, writing, and dreaming and God bless you, my dear readers. Keep those creative juices flowing, and please leave your feedback in the comments.

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Musings

This morning, I was reading a book titled, All The Bright Places, when the descriptions brought beautiful images to my mind. I thought about putting these musings in my journal, but they were so peaceful, I thought I would share with all my friends in the blogosphere.
In my mind, I am either sitting in the yard, or walking in the park on a breezy sunny afternoon. The wind is blowing through the trees, as water splashes over the banks of a babbling brook, or a gentle stream. In the distance I hear the music of chimes ringing out, or even the tinkle of music from a piano in a neighbor’s house. The music takes me to a peaceful time and place, where I see images in my mind, that form into the beginnings of a story.
In my mind, I drift back into the dreams of being in a strange hospital, but no one can figure otu what’s wrong with me. This was the idea for my story entitled A Gentle Whirlwind, where a blind teenageris caught up in a gentle whirlwind, and she awakes in a strange hospital room. The nurse in the recovery room tells her that she’s been in an accident, but when she awakes again, she finds that she is fine, but in her dream, she hears the voice in the whirlwind saying things that don’t make much sense at first.
I know these musings may not make sense, but these jumbled thoughts can lead to inspiring ideas for stories and other types of writing. What inspires you?