As a human being, you should consider yourself quite lucky. Why? Well, you can dream. Many feel that dreams are great tools, ones that can help you figure out your daily life, they may help solve problems that may plague you, and help inspire you do the right thing. After all, you dream about what you want, what scares you, and what confuses you. In your dreams, you can be anything, go anywhere, and do anything you want.
As a writer, dreams can be a great tool. They can help you draw inspiration from them and lead you in the direction you may need to go to help break writers block, or come up with ideas for your next story or article. After all, how do you think I came up with this idea?
I’d had been longing to write something more creative, something more than just the regular stuff I seem to type out. And not just for InfoAviator Publishing either. I wanted to write something that wasn’t in article form. I went to bed that night, completely forgetting that I wanted to write something different and I dreamt, like everyone does. I had a rather crazy dream, too. After discussing this with my partner, I decided to write a story based on the dream. So, my dreams really did help me break my writers block.
The big key to using your dreams is to remember them. For those that regularly remember their dreams each and every morning after waking, this won’t be a large problem. However, for those few that sleep every night and wake up remembering only snippets, or swear they do not have dreams, this can be a problem. You can break that cycle however, simply by placing a notebook and something to write with beside your bed.
In the morning when you wake, jot down whatever you remember. Be sure to do so within the first few moments you are awake, because if you do not, you can lose any valuable information your dream may hold. At first, it may not make sense, but dreams rarely do. When writing the details down, write whatever comes to your mind, not worrying about the content, or what the dream was trying to tell you. The important thing is to remember as much as you can, as quickly as you can. However, if you look back upon what you wrote later, you may find information you can use; either in your personal life, or within your writing. If you dream of something that really calls out to you, for whatever reason. You can find a way to turn that into something meaningful that will help your writing.
If after a few days of this, you cannot remember as much as you would like, tell yourself before you go to bed that you will remember your dreams, and that you will write down what you remember. Avoiding alcohol consumption before bedtime will help, as your thoughts or feelings will not be hindered.
If you would like help interpreting your dreams, a quick search online will yield a lot of results of which you can pick and choose from. You need to remember however, that everyone is different, and because of this, how one person interprets a dream will not be the same as someone else that interprets a dream. As a writer though, this can also be excellent because you can pick and choose from different interpretations as to how you want to see it and write about it how you want. Even if you would rather not interpret your dream, you can still draw inspiration from them.
Dreams contain all kinds of messages and strange plots. You may even be able to dream of your next big story, article or poem this way, because something simply sits strongly with you. Even if you aren’t too serious about using your dreams as inspiration, you can still use them as a writing tool.
You can keep a dream journal. By writing every day about the dream you had the night before, you’re getting excellent writing practice. You can use this as something to look back upon and see how far you’ve come with your writing career, or you can continue this journal simply for the sake of problem solving, or you can keep this and use this as a bigger part of your inspiration plan.
The possibilities are really endless. Just remember that your dreams can be a valuable tool for your writing career and your life. I hope you won’t pass them by, and decide to use them rather than ignore them.