Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Since childhood, I’ve had vivid dreams, some disturbing and others entertaining. If I shared them with a psychiatrist, the doctor might be concerned about my mental health, but then again, I may be just like everyone else out there. I’m just able to remember more of my dreams than some people.

I used to dream of sitting on top of the door frame and falling. On occasion I woke when I hit the floor. I also dreamed of being on a long winding road, lost, without my family. As an adult, I’ve often dreamed of walking and my legs were so heavy I had difficulty lifting them or swimming in water so thick I couldn’t get anywhere. Being a middle and high school teacher at the time, they may have had been prompted by job stress.

One dream I enjoyed immensely was flying above tall shelves of books at a huge library and being able to hide from someone chasing me. I know what you’re thinking, but I promise I wasn’t on drugs.

I guess I’m fortunate. Though some of my dreams are weird, like a world war and we’re using nineteenth-century technology or a futuristic world where humans live by means of what they can scavenge, at least I don’t wake up in terror. My husband rarely remembers his dreams, but the last one he had where I had to wake him, our boxwood hedge had turned into a snake and was after us. I like my dreams much better than his.

I could go on and on with examples, but you’re wondering where this topic is going. Dreams or tidbits of night time imaginings can be great ideas for stories. A manuscript I’m working on now originated in one of my dreams. Of course it’s been altered to so that it barely resembles my dream, but a seed was planted that grew into a story.

So, if you have vivid dreams and can remember them the next morning, take the time to jot them down. You never know when you might be able to pull ideas from them.



Ciara Gold said...

I wish I dreamed so that I remembered the dream, but alas I don't. Only rarely will I awaken to remember what I was dreaming. Bummer that.

Chumplet said...

I have the heavy leg, flying and driving dreams, too, except when I'm driving there's no car around me.

This morning I dreamed of a hot air balloon with small figurines of Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy from Star Trek in the basket.

Analyze that!

Candace Morehouse said...

I definitely have some strange dreams and they have prompted ideas for stories, too (usually horror stories, which, unfortunately I don't write).
A dream can totally affect my mood when I wake up in the morning - when I dream of my dead mother I wake up with a peaceful feeling and when I still have dreams (nightmares) about my last "real" job I wake up full of tension.
Now if only I could plan my dreams!