I love dreaming and dreams.* Are they—
Some psychic link to the spirit world?
The subconscious delivering messages to the conscious?
A way for your resting brain to blow off steam?
Merely random neurons firing in pretty patterns?
Whatever they are, they are awesome.
On two occasions I’ve had vivid dreams that became scenes in my novels.
Many authors use their character’s dreams to show us a different aspect of their character(s), or perhaps past memories that wouldn’t otherwise come up in the storyline. Some books rely heavily on dreaming to carry the entire story. One that comes to mind for me is Stephen King’s Dream Catcher. Here is GoodRead’s list of dream-related books. I also notice on their list Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lathe of Heaven—I’ve never read the book but it was a great sci-fi PBS movie in 1980. I’ve included the link to it, in case you have a couple hours to check it out.
Do you want to cultivate dreams and your ability to remember them?
Keep a dream journal/notebook next to your bed.
Each night before going to sleep, tell yourself: I will remember my dreams in the morning.
When you wake up, grab for the dream journal and write down whatever you can remember.
I find the more I do this, the more dreams I remember and the more detailed my recall is.
My latest dream(s)?
Something about a child running from a werewolf in an abandoned home, being unable to order one additional beer at a new bar I was checking out because the bartender got into an altercation, trailer park vixens and talking with my father who was wearing thick coke-bottle-lensed glasses (he’s always had great eyesight). Interpretations? Yeah, maybe dreams are just random neutrons firing in interesting patterns.
What is your latest dream?
Do you have a favorite dream-based story?
How do you incorporate dreams into your life or into your writing?
PS> An honorable mention to the late Dr. Charles McPhee: http://www.dreamdoctor.com/
Just because: Mama Cass
*I know I've blogged about dreams here before, thanks for indulging me