Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dream Your Way to Inspiration

We all dream. Well, I probably shouldn't be so literal.

Most of us dream.

If you work hard at it, you can remember your dreams, as well. And, if you do, they can become a great source of inspiration for your stories. The best way to start remembering your dreams is to put a pad of paper or a journal next to your bed and a pen so that you can write as soon as you awaken from your sleep, before the day begins and you start worrying about what you're going to wear or who's going to take the kids to soccer or what you're going to eat for breakfast.

Write when the sleepies are still in your eyes and the Sandman is still streaking across the sky. Search your mind and remember whatever you can. Scenes. Images. Voices. People. Whatever you can put on paper that will spark an idea later.

It will take practice, but you'll get better and better at remembering your dreams.

Trust me.

I've written two books based on dreams I've had. One dream I had was so vivid that when I woke I immediately grabbed pen and paper and wrote for nearly and hour and when I was finished I had the entire synopsis for my book. When I finished my book, it literally was straight from my dream with a little embellishment of my own imagination.

My second book was also from a dream, although it was a much darker dream with less than complete images. I was still able to come up with the synopsis and complete the book.

My first dream book was titled Trust in the Wind and has been published, and my second dream book is titled Out for Justice and will be released Summer of 2010.

Did you know that Stephen King dreamed the book Misery?

Imagine what success is lurking beneath your subconscious right now?


  1. Interesting concept. I've never dreamed anything I thought could develop into a book but I've had a life full of experiences that could certainly turn into a series :)

  2. Wow, this is great. I used to keep a pad next to the bed for ideas but never dreams. Usually, I reflect on my dreams and those that were unpleased I pray about right away. Bit writing down the ones that are a mixture of my mind and the TV left on would indeed make good copy. Thanks sooooo much Coach!

  3. I love your idea about turning to our dreams for inspiration. As one of my friends likes to say, they're our very own, personal GPS system. But to have written two entire books from your dreams is quite amazing! You have inspired me, indeed!

  4. Sometimes my dreams are so real, I wonder if they are dreams. I have dreamed about people I had never met, and later met them.

    I don't remember much of my dreams, but this is a good idea. I had never thought about wriing a book from them. Great idea!


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