I’ve heard that if you write your dreams down every morning when you wake up, that you’ll start to have stranger, more vivid dreams. I’ve never actually done this, but something about it calls to me. Lately I’ve been having some abnormally realistic dreams, but when I wake up in the morning, I can’t remember most of them. I just have this empty feeling that I had an awesome dream with none of the details.
It’s like when I get a story flash in the shower. I start imagining dialogue, setting, characters, plot, and I run out of the shower, dripping, to scrawl down my great ideas. But when I get everything written, I still have this feeling that I’m missing something crucial. It’s frustrating as anything. I usually end up sitting there for a good then minutes, staring at the ceiling as I mentally shake my pockets inside-out.
So to me, this dream exercise is connected. In the shower, my mind is blank – on autopilot – as I wash up. At night, it’s the same, only better. It’s not just on autopilot, there is no pilot at all. My brain is free to go off on whatever wild, ridiculous, awesome tangents it wants. And I love it. I only wish I could actually remember some of it!
Therefore, I’m going to try this experiment. I’m going to write down my dreams every morning – if I have a dream – and see what my subconscious is doing at night when I’m not looking. I have a feeling it’s a genius and it’s just not telling me. We shall see . . .
And maybe you will, too. If I get a good/really creepy/really weird story idea, I’ll share it! Feel free to share yours, too in the comments. If you’re anywhere near as crazy as me, it’ll be a fun feed.