Monday, July 19, 2010
Story Ideas - Dreams And Nightmares
Ironically, I was sitting in the bathroom trying to shake off the intense feeling of dread from my dream and I had another idea. What's funny is it starts out with a man in his bathroom at home. Odd place to start perhaps, but it really does make sense. I'll share it with anyone who wants to know what I'm thinking, but I'm just not going to post it here. It's too good to waste on my blog, heh heh. It deserves better than that.
This got me to thinking about dreams and nightmares. I don't usually remember my dreams, so the times when I do are because the images were so vivid or affected myself and/or my family directly. Dreams about my family are usually not the comforting type. I find this odd too, because I'm very much a family man and love my family dearly. I think the reason why though is because I consider myself the protector of my family and the dreams I have usually involve something that threatens them.
I do have other dreams though, bizarre things that leave me wondering "What the heck?" Call it bad chicken the night before or whatever, but these can be great fodder for writing stories. I didn't have the habit of writing things down until I started writing. I would laugh at the absurdity of whatever I had dreamed and then let it slip away. Nowadays however, I try to make sure I write down every insane dream or idea that pops into my head. Because I don't usually write "normal" stories (i.e. I like the creepy or paranormal stuff), these opportunities are something I need to grab onto whenever they appear.
If you're interested in hearing what ideas I came up with, drop me a comment with an email address. I love chatting story ideas with people (whether I'm telling mine or hearing others). My question to you is whether you track your dreams and allow them to influence your story ideas? Do you write them down right away or are you letting these opportunities pass you by?