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Do you use your dreams in writing? If so, how do you remember what you dreamed?

caymanprof
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:09:06 GMT

When do you record what you experienced in your mind? I've woken up at 3 am and wrote out poems from my dreams or started writing a story, etc. If you did this once, how can you get back into your Wednesday night dream on Thursday?

Boners11
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:35:33 GMT

I can remember the dreams that I have had more than once, if I can find a way to work into a story, I try to.

bethanybendtwrites
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:02:08 GMT

I use a lot of dream elements in my stories, if not always details from specific dreams themselves. I find when I'm stuck in a particular part of a first or second draft, it helps to shift into a dreamlike or surreal mode of writing, allowing myself to exaggerate voice, detail, imagery, etc. and make jumps in time/place. Even if I don't use that material in a final draft, I find doing so almost always gives me useful information about the story that I didn't already know. I keep a dream journal and try to write in it every morning, even if all I remember from a night of dreaming is a single image or an overall impression/emotion. The more I write about my dreams, the more I remember them, it seems.

occupant
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:00:47 GMT

I do keep a dream journal and that is a from of writing - but my creative writing always based on the shamanic journey i am undertaking while writing. which means i enter into a dreamlike state mentally when I write. seeing things in other dimensions - being guided along into a story. i'm a psychic chaneller and much of my writing comes through my clairaudient right ear (left ear is fully deaf). and even when my right ear is buzzing I still often am taking a joureny around the astral plane while I write. seeing it through my mind's eye. grounding myself in body has been my undertaking lately. when am i not "dreaming"?

andRachel
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 02:20:20 GMT

All the time. I haven't woken up in the middle of the night to write any of them down since I usually dream when I'm about to wake up anyway -- and the nightmares stay with you much longer than the good dreams do. I record everything in Evernote, though, and daydream continuations or try to make sense of the dream in a way that doesn't take the fun out of it. That's the hardest part, in my experience. About getting back into the dream -- daydreaming helps a lot. Identifying a *mood* for the dream/situation also helps, like a thread you can follow when you get lost or lose confidence.

sbossio
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:46:48 GMT

Sometimes. I use OneNote to keep notes on stories I'm working on or ideas I have for upcoming ones, so when I wake up after a particularly interesting dream, I'll grab my phone and quickly enter in some notes.

CultureShockLewis
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:42:00 GMT

I used to keep a dream journal which made remembering my dreams much easier. Ever since my kids were born, I remember my dreams on purpose to help me segue back to my same dream. Sometimes it works. I try to incorporate some of my dreams into my writing, and when I go too long without writing my dream world become an exercise in world building. At that point, it becomes inspiration for writing. However when I'm working too much , I start having stress dreams that take me out of my preferred world.

Zandalf
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:32:42 GMT

I don't typically use a ton of dream aspects in my work; that being said, I do enjoy using flashes to other parts of the world (namely to the villains) to create some sort of suspense.

nomanoma
Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:42:59 GMT

Yeah it happens to me a lot. However I don't always remember them vividly and many times I got stuck remembering or finishing the piece based on a dream. When I wake up I try to repeat the dream to myself many times, then I write it down. I keep holding to it by playing it in my head whenever I get a chance.

thhink
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:13:57 GMT

Great question! I use dreams as inspiration quite a bit but I find writing down dreams when I wake up impossible. I get too caught up in language and trying to make the writing make sense. I have found sketching images with a few keywords much better. The sketches are usually terrible but it allows me to capture the dream without trying to rationalise it.

_SarahB
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:04:29 GMT

I tend to keep my phone nearby whilst I'm sleeping. So when I have a particularly interesting dream - worth incorporating into my stories or even a new story entirely - I grab my phone and scribble some notes down on JotterPad, ready to be used later on. Nothing special... but officiant and easy.

Elixssam
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 02:14:49 GMT

I've always had very detailed and vivid dreams. I don't often have to write them down to recall them weeks, months, or sometimes even years after having them. But, I only just started useing them as fuel for the short stories I post to my blog every other week.

Savannah
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:54:09 GMT

There's a state of consciousness just between dreaming and wakefulness where words and ideas pour into the mind, sublime and sometimes powerful. Years ago this is what Romans would call your creative "genius." Given the term genius had an entirely different connotation back then, and was refereed to as a spirit seeking a listener. If the listener refused to write or paint the ideas, the genius would go on seeking the next listener or artist. Next time you awaken at 3am (typically when our minds are most clear) it may be your creative genius just trying to share something. Thanks for posting!

aneporfaerytale
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:02:40 GMT

I have used my dreams for the basis of a story before. I usually try to write down the dream as soon as I wake up. :)

Amanda Farbanish
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:33:28 GMT

I used to use them ALL the time, but not so much recently. Unless daydreaming counts, in which case pretty much all my ideas come from daydreaming. Very rarely do I think of an exceptionally good idea while trying to.

Alyssa Jordan
Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:04:39 GMT

I wish I had great, vivid dreams, but if I remember them, they're usually pretty nonsensical (and not in a good way!).

Corinne
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:56:08 GMT

Great question! I try to write down any dreams that I remember when I wake up, but I don't necessarily turn all that many of them into finished pieces. I find the act of writing the dream itself to be a great exercise in articulating the intangible and trying to express moods and feelings. I have used bits of dreams of poems more than short stories, especially when the dreams reflect on something I'm dealing with in real life.

Eli
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:13:33 GMT

I mostly use dreams in my weirder fiction, so if I'm writing an 'Alice in Wonderland' sort of story, I find dreams to be really helpful because of how weird they are sometimes. The best thing that I've done for remembering if writing down what I remember. Even if what you remember doesn't make any sense or just the color of a tree, write it down. This will help train your brain to know how to remember dreams and you'll start remembering more and more details the more that you keep up with writing them down.

mbertolini
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:41:08 GMT

I usually have an idea and I flesh it out in my dreams... now whether or not I remember anything useful from the dream is another matter.

kamackin96
Sat, 12 May 2018 15:53:31 GMT

There are a few dreams I have had in my life that are so incredibly vivid that I cannot help but remember them. Sometimes, I draw from them the same way I would a memory. In writing memoir or a personal essay, I have used a little bit of my dream material, but only because it caused me to think about it in the future. If it is just a dream that seems to have little significance, or only explains the events of that past day or week, then the dream goes unwritten. It also is much more likely to become forgotten.

macbowers
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:31:00 GMT

I've tried a few times to take stories from my dreams, but even if I write the dream down right after I have it I find that it's a bit confusing and doesn't make much sense. What usually happens is that I get too focused on recreating the dream instead of writing a story, and the end product never really works out. I'm extremely jealous of people who have dreams that are able to be translated into stories or poems!

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