I’m not talking about lifelong dreams of pursing your passions. I’m talking about the head on the pillow, eyes closed, catching Zzzs kind of dreams.
My hubby used to say he didn’t dream. I was sure he did but didn’t remember them.
I, on the other hand, have vivid dreams and can often recall them with great detail.
As a writer, there are two kinds of dreams I enjoy.
The Good News Dream
These dreams are the best. We picture meeting with success. Perhaps we get a call from a contest coordinator telling us we’re a finalist or open our email to find a request for a full. I’ve heard of people who dreamed about making a sale shortly before they did.
I’m not one to put too much emphasis on dreams as predictors of future events, but I did dream that my agent called me a week before I received her offer of representation. No doubt, my dream came about because I was polishing the requested full and thinking about little else during my waking hours. Whatever the reason, it was a great dream.
The Story Idea Dream
One of Stephenie Meyer’s dreams led to unfathomable success. In the bio on Meyer’s website it says that her dream featured “seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.” From that dream, her Twilight series was born.
My first story was the result of a dream. I woke one morning with an idea, and from there I developed my first romance novel. Normally, I look at vintage photographs and choose my characters from those. In this case, I’d seen my heroine so clearly in my mind that I worked from that image. Unlike Meyer, my dream-inspired story is buried in the deep dark recesses of my hard drive. However, that dream was one of the factors that led me to begin writing fiction.
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Have you dreamed of receiving good news? How did it feel?
Have any of your stories been based on dreams you’ve had?