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Stories Based On Dreams Based On Stories

Ever write a story based on a dream you had?

I tried a time or two. Once I had a dream that I was a mermaid who came on land after my human mother was kidnapped by some dudes and held for ransom. Sounds pretty awesome right? 😐 Lol! I got one chapter in and gave up. It made zero sense. Why did they kidnap her? And how the crap am I a mermaid if BOTH of my parents are human? Yeah, they were BOTH human. My dreams make so much sense.

Another time I tried to incorporate a couple of dreams into a story about past lives. I realized then that I couldn’t build an entire plot around a couple of cool scenes in my head. Scenes in a book have to relate to each other, you know. The story did have a point. I think. But in trying to connect all of the fragmented pieces, I ended up with something that got more and more tangled the more I tried to work with it.

A couple of years ago, which brings me to the point of this post, I had this EPIC dream with a scepter in it that was SO COOL. I wish I could have stayed asleep to finish it. I wrote it down for a story idea, but I could tell right away that the setting was some post-apocalyptic dark fantasy mash up that was all kinds of a mess and honestly, out of the realm I usually write in. BUT. There’s hope. I’m serious. LOL! It actually makes sense. In my head. Which is the only place it needs to make sense right now.

For me, the problem with turning dreams into ideas, is the same problem I was having with my retellings. I was trying to stick too close to the source material instead of letting the source inspire something crazy in my brain. So, if I let the scepter dream inspire a story instead of trying to write out that twisted mess verbatim, I really believe it will spawn something I can actually write. Which might help that past lives story come to fruition. I’ve given up on the mermaid one, though.

I know it’s possible to take a dream and turn it into a story. People have done it. Now, my dreams are usually vivid, but there was just something about this one. It wasn’t the usual kind of non-sensical strange my dreams usually are. This one had an actual plot. And there was beautiful darkness everywhere! I’ll let you know if it happens, but I wanted to talk about it and ask if there’s anyone out there who successfully turned a dream into a book and how that worked out for them.

Getting excited over this dream is literally what helped me figured out the ending to NO REST FOR THE WICKED when I was stuck on that three years ago. That’s how long ago this was, and I can still see it! Anyway, they have little in common, but that dream made me think of that story and I honestly thought that story was going to die of neglect. It didn’t. 😀

I’m a ways from actually trying to work on it, but I do believe it’s actively baking in the crockpot region of my brain.

Quick writing update: Finished reading through the story Thursday. I got stuck on a chapter for hours and finally just deleted five paragraphs because I couldn’t figure out how to rewrite them and just got sick of looking at them. So, I’m taking a short creative break for my poor, battered brain, but I really want to be writing right now. ^_^

What It Means To Develop “Thick Skin”

When you’re a writer, you’re told early on to develop a “thick skin.” Publishers and magazines and agents are going reject you. Readers aren’t going to like you. You can’t take it personally. Blah, blah. But what does that actually mean? Recently, I listened to someone complain about how hurt they are by negative reviews.… Continue Reading

All the Times I Quit: Storytime

Also known as “the art of feeling really bad about your writing self.” In honor of Insecure Writers Support Group day, I’m going to post about my confidence issues. I don’t officially participate in the hop, but I happen to want to talk about my writer insecurity today. Also, the question this month asked if… Continue Reading