I do. I’ve wondered if there’s any correlation between those who have really detailed, realistic dreams, remember them, and use them to inform their writing on some level. I didn’t always remember my dreams, but then I started keeping a notebook beside my bed, and as soon as I wake up, sometimes in the middle of the night, I jot down every fragment I can remember.
This is more valuable than it sounds. The Dark Age Dawning series, which is apocalyptic paranormal romances I wrote with Carrie Lofty, came from a single dream. Kind of crazy, but it was an incredibly intense, adrenaline filled dream. I made some notes on it. I posted on a blog about the dream, and readers were like, Oh my God, I would so read that. I let the idea stew for a while, and due to deadlines and time constraints, I just didn’t have time to finish the books all by myself.
So eventually I banged out the first chapter and emailed it to my pal and fellow writer, Carrie Lofty. She was like, what am I supposed to do with this?. I replied, “Write the next chapter.” And that was how our partnership was formed. Now we’ve got a sale, amazing cover art, and three fantastic books in a trilogy that I think is really dark, different, and delicious. Rock on, Ellen Connor.
And this is why I recommend people pay attention to their dreams. For me, it’s like an idea garden. You can weed it later, but not if you don’t remember what you’ve been dreaming. And it has been my experience that the more you make detailed notes, the more you’ll be able to remember and write down. You never know when your subconscious will have an amazing suggestion that it can’t make when you’re awake.
What was your last vivid dream?
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