Here’s a post at Kill Zone Blog: Writing in the Dream Zone
I have a good friend who dreamed the entire plot of her first novel, which became the debut installment in an enormously successful thriller series. Why can’t I have dreams like that?
Hah, well, I expect the plot tightened up a good deal in translation, as it were.
I do dream in plots, not all the time, but pretty often. When I do, I’m often the narrator planning the story and telling it, not a character actually acting in the dream. When bad things are happening, I, as the dreamer, already know about the happy ending coming up. (You see how thoroughly I disapprove of tragic endings? Even the back of my mind totally hates tragedy. I hardly ever have nightmares.) (When I do, it usually involves losing a dog. Naturally.)
Have I ever turned a dream into a real plot and written a book based on it? No. Have I ever turned a dream into a world and halfway worked out characters and the beginnings of a plot based on it? Yes. So you may still see a story of that kind get smoothed out, written down, and published. Who knows?
At Kill Zone Blog, Laura Benedict adds:
There are so many theories on what dreams are. Just a few:
Subconscious problem solving.
Random neuron firing
Emotional cleanup using dream symbols
Messages from the future or past
Messages from the future. Sure. I don’t think that counts as a *theory* exactly.
But seriously, the kind of dream where you are telling a story and acting as a narrator doesn’t fit any of those categories at all.
I wonder how many other writers … or readers … have story-type dreams where they are narrating rather than acting as a character? How about you all? Chime in:
A) Yep, that’s totally me, I have that kind of dream!
B) Nope, that sounds kinda weird.