Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream #SOL21

 I don't dream often, and when I do, I don't remember much about them.  Usually, I try to figure out where the content came from, why I had the dream, or what the dream is telling me.

Last night, I had a dream about writing.  I woke up in the middle of the night surprised by the content.  I told myself it was a dream I wanted to remember in the morning.

In my dream, I woke up from a dream that gave me two things for a short story I am writing in real life.  

One, it gave me a fantastic line that would breathe life into my story.  Unfortunately, neither of us (dream me or real me) seemed to remember the line, but it was exciting and important.  

Two, it led me to a journal entry in which I compared something to a roller coaster.  I even had a drawing in the journal of a specific roller coaster, and I can still form a vague picture of it in my mind.  Apparently, this journal entry was something I could insert into my story, as well.  However, it was dream me's entry.  

My deductions from this dream:

  •  The practice of journaling, notebooking, or whatever a writer calls it is useful and purposeful.  It can contain crucial pieces of a story or any other piece of writing, even a slice.
  • The story I am writing is about dreams.  Maybe this dream is telling me that my mind and writing will give me what I need to tell the story; it will come together.
Who knows?  Sometimes, I read a little too much into my dreams.  

I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge.


  1. I love a writing dream...now that you say it, I do not think I have ever written in a dream! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh my so good! I too enjoy delving into my dreams for meaning. The brain is such an amazing thing, solving problems for us subconsciously. I struggle last week for several days on a new schedule, then at 2am one day I woke up with the new schedule in my head, I actually wrote it down. Looked at it in the morning and wow - it works, I'm going with it.

  3. I have had a number of ideas and scenes for my writing originate in dreams -- it's why I started more regularly trying to write them down! I'm glad you were able to captures parts of it at least and love that you are writing a short story about dreams. Dreams are so fascinating to me and I love hearing that I'm not the only one using them to fuel my writing.

  4. I often awake at night with a blog post in my head. Just as often I lose it so I have begun to keep a journal by my head that I can scribble basic words or ideas in that can be followed up the next day. Sometimes it even works! Love your post - thanks

  5. Come to think of it, Heather, I don't dream all that often either. But I do agree with the power of notebooking or journaling. Sometimes I get project ideas from my entries and I sometimes am able to work though writing blocks by writing about something unrelated. -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

  6. I really do believe this - "my mind and writing will give me what I need to tell the story." Yes! This point in the blogging challenge, this late in the month, I find myself 'thinking like a writer.' It's a great time to throw open the notebook and jot down words. (Also - I now keep a pad of paper at my bedside, and scribble notes in middle of the night, to catch those dreams....)

  7. This post is so metacognitive with its dream within a dream, writing within writing...I am in the same boat with rarely remembering the details I would like from my dreaming, if I'm lucky to get to that stage of sleep!


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