Where Ideas Are Born

The question I am most often asked when people learn that I am a writer is “How do you come up with your ideas?”

The short answer:  I dream them.  Every story I’ve written has come to me in a dream.  I call these my “story dreams”.  I know that a story dream has “meat” when I can recall the dream days later and still remember the details and feelings that surrounded it.  

What sets a story dream apart from every other dream I have is the level of detail I see/hear/feel.  In story dreams there is a purpose, characters, and feelings.  I see entire scenes in my mind and wake up remembering how the characters felt and knowing their goals.  I love, love those dreams!  There have been times that I bolted out of bed to write something down in the middle of the night so that I would remember it in the morning (much to Mr. Kribs’ irritation).  

For several days after one of these story dreams I will sit and daydream, playing out the scenes and scenarios in my head until a plot develops.  I imagine I must look and act pretty spacey but I cannot snap myself out of it until I’ve watched and made notes on the key scenes.  Once I’ve put my ideas down I can set the story aside and pick it up again when I have the time or motivation to fluff out the dialogue and details.

I currently have three stories just waiting for me to give them life.

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One thought on “Where Ideas Are Born”

  1. The site is looking good, Annie. Many of my stories and poems come to me in dreams. The ones I write are the ones that are recurring dreams, I figure if I dream it more than 3 times, my muse be on to something ~smiles~

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