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How many people had pieces inspired by a dream?

Discussion in 'The Dreamscape' started by robinlxs, May 29, 2019.

  1. robinlxs

    robinlxs Dreamer

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    I’ll share my story.
    In 2005, I had a recurring dream about a feral little boy hiding in the trees of a forest. He hung around in my head for a couple of weeks, and didn’t climb down until a little girl appeared, and he followed her around like a love struck puppy. This dream inspired a short story. It was the last thing I wrote before taking 7 year hiatus. Fast forward to 2012, I’m in India, and Nepal. When I get back home I start writing all my ideas down furiously. My WIP is born, partly inspired by my short story. It’s taken 7 years to finish, and hopefully it will become a series (I’ve almost finished the first draft of the second book.) Most of that was teaching myself to write, but I didn’t have that dream way back when, I wouldn’t have started this journey.
     
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  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Vala

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    A lot of my imagery comes from dreams. Sometimes just your regular dreams but I have tried lucid dreaming but I find that gives me what I want from the dream and maybe not what a dream wanted to show me.
     
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  3. Protocol Orin

    Protocol Orin Scribe

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    My inspiration comes from the nightmare that is my mind, but that's another story
     
  4. Esudeath

    Esudeath Dreamer

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    My whole world came from these two boys I had a dream about. Although their setting seemed like feudal japan I changed a lot to meet other needs
     
  5. Protocol Orin

    Protocol Orin Scribe

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    I would say that the character I formed most from me has a part of his story that was like my mental state in a group of nightmares I had as a young child, with the same theme, or monster. The Groke (Specifically from the Moomin series), mostly in the very dark night. Completely still, but scarily fast and aggressive when you looked at her(?), screaming like an old, fast, muffled and distorted war siren, with its only aim to head on the straightest road towards you (even if it was a long way around something, which was even scarier, due to the tension of inevitability) and likely kill you.

    The character was once innocent and ignorant like a child, always afraid of others, as if they would kill or hurt him (due to being cruelly ostracized, by looking way off, even a bit like a monster) for longer than a humans lifespan (He is very, very, long-lived). Not even having a understanding of death or proper care, leaving him trying to carry and take care of his dead child, long enough for the body to start braking down.
    (A mix of real events, overfed a fish when I was young, and I have carried a dying big pet bird, but that was just a few years ago)

    And the main story is about him becoming a bit of the opposite, or a necessary monster in his own eyes, while breaking, shaping and regaining some strong values, just by living to long in a recurring set of ages.
     
  6. Sheilawisz

    Sheilawisz Queen of Titania Moderator

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    There are many story scenes of mine that were inspired by my dreams.

    I still have to imagine and write an entire novel based on a single dream, with the Catalina Dream as my first candidate, but I am working on other stories at the moment. In my experience, there are few dreams powerful enough to inspire an entire novel... but they are real, this stuff actually happens and I love super intense dreams like that.

    Sometimes it's the setting, other times it's just the characters... but some dreams can give you the full novel, believe me!
     
  7. ClearDragon

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    Years ago I had a terrifying nightmare about the end of the world being caused by a bunch of supernatural events: An unstoppable disease that melts life forms, a super earthquake that did damage across the whole world at once, and massive dragons fighting each other!
    I'm planning to someday write a whole book based on it.
     
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  8. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    I barely remember any of my dreams. Usually it's nothing at all; sometimes it's just a wisp of emotion that trails away, irrecoverable. When I do remember something more vividly, it's usually fragmentary and rather pedestrian--places I've been to, or places I've never seen but feel like I'd been to.

    My wife, otoh, dreams whole stories. It's quite foreign to me, like living with someone fluent in another language I'll never know. I'm okay with that. I'd rather be awake for my stories. :)
     
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