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Do you get ideas on short stories / novels from your Dreams ?

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  1. Ezekiel Zerephath QR
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    Do you get plot ideas / characters from Dreams ?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Ezekiel Zerephath QR, Oct 28, 2014.

    Hi all,

    Just something on my mind - I don't normally have nightmares / bad dreams, but when I do, they normally keep me awake the entire night and I wake up sweating, too afraid to go back to sleep. I would be too tired to get up to note down what the dream was about and will try to do that in the morning; I don't remember my dreams thereafter.

    Nightmares can be potential horror short stories. Sweet dreams can serve as a happy ending or a happy beginning, character personality traits can be inspired by the people / things you dream of etc.

    Does anyone here share similar thoughts / experiences as myself ?

    As they say, dreams serve as a reflection of your subconscious mind, so getting fresh ideas from this part of the brain can be refreshing ! :agreed:
     
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    I have certainly thought that certain dreams I've had would make interesting stories. I've not actually written any of them though.
     
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    Yes as a matter of fact I do get ideas for my short stories or novels from my dreams and my nightmares.
     
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    No with one exception. My dreams are not nearly as interesting as what I normally come up with during the day.
     
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    Lots of the terrifying creatures I have come up with come from nightmares... and many of my characters and stories have come from dreams -day or night kinds.
     
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    @Keitsumah : Oh yes! I never thought about day dreaming! Haha. Thanks for bringing that up!
     
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    Just once, really. An ancient story I still hold on to called Two Bullets Left came from a dream.
     
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    @Wreybies : Wow cool! Is the story available for us to indulge in?

    The next time I have an interesting dream I'm definitely goanna note down key points! Too good of an opportunity to give up!
     
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    It's in the Workshop, here. It's really old writing. The first post is the original short story that I was trying to flesh out into a larger work, but the work finally convinced me that it was not meant to be a novel, it was meant to be a short story. I've learned a lot since posting that story back in 2008. ;)
     
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    I get writing inspiration from nearly everywhere, but not usually from dreams.

    Why not? Because although everyone dreams, I almost never remember mine when I wake. The few times I do, they aren't often cohesive enough to extract anything of value.

    But if your dreams give you intriguing thoughts, by all means use them!
     
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    I never do for the same reasons as Neil Gaiman: In my case, they also want to know if I get them from my dreams. (Answer: no. Dream logic isn't story logic. Transcribe a dream, and you'll see. Or better yet, tell someone an important dream - 'Well, I was in this house that was also my old school, and there was this nurse and she was really an old witch and then she went away but there was a leaf and I couldn't look at it and I knew if I touched it then something dreadful would happen...' - and watch their eyes glaze over.)
     
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    Yup, I do dreams, real life, made up, everything.
     

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