In my last WRITE WHISPER post, I discussed the hypnologic state, and how I solve plot problems/have inspiration during this time.
So as a follow on, let's discuss dream journals.
Personally, I've never had a dream which has resulted in a book, though I've heard some authors have.
For me, it's that pre-dream state which is a cauldron of bubbling ideas.
Our subconcious never sleeps so why not tap into it?
The art of keeping a dream journal is simple.
Keep a notebook and pen by the bed.
The instant you wake (whether it be morning or middle of the night), don't move. Stay still and relaxed, try to remember your dreams or anything else you can think of.
Initially you may only get vague details. A rose. The colour purple. Kids running.
Or perhaps a pervading feeling will come through...fear, happiness...
Whatever you barely remember, write it down.
Start to court your dreams. The more committed you are, the more vivid your dreams may become.
A trick I use often is to ponder a plot question just before falling asleep.
Hopefully, the answer will appear.
Trying new ways to harness our creative energy is fun. Why not give it a try?