“Writing is flying in dreams. When you remember. When you can. When it works. It’s that easy”.~ Neil Gaiman
Writing from your dreams starts with a character or idea you think of as you fall asleep. When you awake, hold onto those dreams and immediately write them down. Napoleon Hill said, “Your subconscious mind works continuously while you are awake, and while you are asleep.” So let’s use your dreams to stimulate your muse. It starts here with three simple steps.
First step: you will need ‘a sort of’ idea, a character, a place or specific behavior. Maybe a character that works at the library even though she is allergic to books. Your character may ride a horse, weave rugs, climb trees or be searching for the love of his life. You may want to write about vampires or your high school coach, magical or not. What story do you want to write?
This second step: you need to relax so you can sleep. Your unconscious mind loves to imagine and work out problems in your dreams. Stress closes up your well of ideas. It starts in your stomach and blocks your ability to meditate. So don’t force it. You need to sleep and dream of your characters, their lives, the places they live, who they talk to or don’t. Tossing and turning trying to unclutter your mind won’t work. You need to de-stress before your head hits the pillow. Make sure you get enough exercise during the day, take a walk. Finish something on your to-do list. Keep your story in the back of your mind.
This third step happens when you wake up. Have a pad of paper near your bed, if you can, hook up a chalkboard or whiteboard on your wall. Try and remember your dreams. Write down what you dreamt. It could be a few words, something you saw, overheard or felt. Make it easy to write out your dreams so they don’t disappear as the sun rises. Writing a book, an article, short story, even a grocery list involves getting the words out of your head and onto paper.
Still skeptical? Anne Rice, Stephen King, John Sayles, Mary Shelley, Stephenie Meyer, Robert Louis Stevenson all had dreams that they wrote about. John Keats who wrote “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” Had a dream where he met a beautiful woman in a magic place.
Try it tonight. Think about an idea for a character, a storyline, or your stuffed frog. Relax your mind. Have some sleepy time tea, or hot milk. Drift off to sleep thinking about your story. Watch as your dream characters move around doing day-to-day tasks. In the morning or the middle of the night, depending on how much liquid you consumed, you may wake up thinking about your character or something they said. Quick write it down! It may work for you. It may not, either way it will get you writing.
Your dreams will take you places; show you living beings, forests or wooden castles. Your mind will bring those sleeping characters into focus. Calm your heart and brain. Soothe the world with deep breaths. Then when you wake up, write down your dreams. Who knows you may dream the next bestseller.
Comment below if any of this works for you or not.
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill