Creating Fiction From Dreams

You know what the best part of sleeping is? Dreaming. I swear my sleeping brain is hella creative. Often I wake up the following morning, turn to my husband and say ‘I had the craziest dream last night’ and after explaining the bizarre dream in its entirety, he usually replies with ‘How do you come up with these things?’

How, indeed.

If I knew, I’d bottle that shit up and churn out off the wall novels so that generations to come could look back and say wow, that author must been on drugs. Except no drugs, just dreams.

Some people believe dreams are a by-product of the random information you’ve taken in throughout the day. Each bit of information we gather is pieced together to form some really weird jigsaw puzzle of nonsense. You see a colleague at work and then whadya know?! They’re in your dream playing an accordion while your neighbour’s dog does a little jig.

Others believe that our dreams are a gateway to something much more important; a middle world, if you will, in which all souls are connected. In our dreams we are interacting on a spiritual level. Author Robert Moss has a whole lot to say on this topic, all of which is incredibly fascinating. I’d recommend checking out his book Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild FreedomWell worth the read.

Both Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud believed that our dreams are tied to our unconscious. They did, however, disagree on some aspects. Freud believed that our dreams are repressed emotions such as sexual impulses and aggression (of course, because Freud), while Jung did not. But this isn’t a psychology class, so let’s stop there. But I will say that both men have buckets and buckets of things to say on the subject. So there’s that.

Image courtesy of TZA via Flickr
Image courtesy of TZA via Flickr

Which theory is right? I have no clue. To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me. I just really enjoy dreaming. End of story.

Well, not really the end. I’m going to continue on. 🙂

After a particularly emotional dream a few weeks ago, I decided that perhaps I could bottle them up and turn them into some sort of story. My dreams usually play out like movies and while they aren’t always complete, or make a whole lotta sense, each scene holds a nugget of goodness that I can’t ignore. I won’t ignore, gods damn it!

And because I have this blog – the little blog that could – I’ll be sharing these snippets here. They might end up being short scenes or something more. I guess we’ll find out together.

Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts on dreaming. Do you remember your dreams? Have you ever written them down? Which dream theory do you most believe?


featured image courtesy of J.B. Hill via Flickr

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