Thursday, July 8, 2010
Insomnia and the Art of Half-Dreaming
Please forgive any typos or horrible uses of grammar. I'm tired. I would forgive you under the same circumstances.
The only reason I'm not more bitter about being awake is that what woke me was a half-dream—you know, the dream when you know you're dreaming but you're still completely a part of the dream as well—that seemed wild enough to come with its own entire plot. I love that. In fact, I think everything sitting in my "extra ideas" folder came from a half-dream. My entire three part series started from a half-dream. I have well over 150,000 of my epic (War-and-Peace style, five-book über-novel) story of vampires and demons and slayers (oh my!) that started from a pretty nasty recurring dream. I think the only story I've recently created from a completely awake state was this one.
Point being? I'm excited. I'm always excited when I wake up and there's some wild story playing out in my head and I'm completely aware of it. I do everything in my power to stay in that semi-conscious state for as long as possible and try not to let my conscious self tamper with that dream world. And then I get up and write as furiously as possible. Even if it's 4:30am.
Where do your plot ideas come from? Dreams? Memories? Places? Daydreams? Silly things your friend said? Inquiring minds... and all that jazz.