there is a situation where my character is forced to live out his worst fear without knowing he is dreaming. He wakes up basically when his own abilities go berserk after a loved one is killed in the dream. Is this totally over used? Is it still an acceptable way write it? It seems like a way of creating false tension. I know its an odd one but each time i write it i get visions of the ending to Time bandits and other cheesy books/films and as a rule, i hate it when books do this. perhaps if i make it so that the reader knows its a dream, or does this remove the chance of the reader feeling emotion towards the character? any help appreciated, i gotta stop writing at night, its doing my brain absolutely no good what so ever, lol.