This post has to do with the dreams we as writers have, rather than dreams characters have (that's a whole 'nother post).
Thank you for sharing your aspirations, coconuts, but the dreams I'm referring to are those we have when we sleep.
I have dreams every night. There's honestly no stopping them (trust me, I've tried), so I just go with it now.
Some of you may remember this: the idea for Jane's Air came to me in a dream. Otherwise, I seriously doubt I would be writing a Western YA right now. I had the dream while writing my last book, The Not-So Meet Cute, at a time I was positively stumped. Then came shiny, wonderful new idea. It took all my self control not to give into Jane's Air and in the end I'm glad that I waited to write it.
But now, as I've been working on Jane's Air, I keep dreaming situations that would make awesome books. It's torture, I tell you! Does anybody else have this problem?
When we are little, we learn that dreams are movies that play in our heads when we sleep. This seems to be an accurate description of the dreams I've been having: they are long and involved and characters are as real to me as the people I see every day. I often wake up more exhausted than when I went to sleep, completely attached to the characters and the conflict they are facing.
Gosh, I'm starting to sound like a crazy person.
I'm thinking of starting a dream journal so I can remember all the dreams I've been having. From what I've been able to write down so far, I already have three book ideas if I need to step away from Jane's Air for a little while.
Not that I'm stepping away from it or anything. Actually, very, very much the opposite, but I'll talk about that tomorrow.
Okay, this post turned very rambly very fast. I think I've made a new record.
So does anybody else have crazy intense dreams like me? Please say yes.
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