Rarely is it that easy to craft a great story, but occasionally a dream can provide the germ of a winning plot. Apparently Stephenie Meyer came up with the basis for the Twilight series in her sleep. In the sphere of music, Paul McCartney says he woke up one morning with the tune for “Yesterday” playing in his head.
I remember my dreams almost every night. Usually they are bizarre or mundane, occasionally disturbing, but sometimes I’ll wake up from a particularly in-depth dream convinced that it would make a fantastic plot for a novel (or even a movie!). I rush to write down everything I remember. Usually, once I look at it on paper, I see something disappointingly bland and unoriginal.
Sometimes, however, just a single character or scene is all you need to spark a broader idea that you can build on during your waking hours. A few years ago I had a rather vivid dream involving myself and Orlando Bloom getting acquainted in a backyard swimming pool …
What was I saying? I got a little distracted for a second. Oh yeah—there was much more to that dream (talking, eating, drinking wine poolside as I recall), but the rest of it didn’t hang together as a very interesting plot. I never forgot it, though, and eventually I built a saucy little pool scene into Wine & Roses.
If you’ve ever dreamed up an idea and used it successfully in a story, leave a comment below and tell us about it.