Today I awoke from a dream in complete bewilderment.
Now like most lucid dreams I was totally engrossed in all sensory details so as you can tell when I opened my eyes I was a slight mess. But the dream wasn’t like most. It wasn’t some bizarre revelation or a psychological notice. No. Instead what I was involved with was a complete narrative that I had become a character in. The characters were real, I was not Damian, but some other name I can’t recall. The fear was real, the emotion was crippling and this dream felt like it had wound on for days. My dream began in the halls of AWP in the Hilton in Chicago, but that’s where the similarities with the real world ended (well until later).
The point I’m trying to make is that if I can day-dream story ideas and develop plots and stories while I’m ‘awake’, can I create those same ideas while I’m asleep? If you believe in lucid dreaming as a self-powered mental mechanism than can I place my mind into brainstorm mode while I sleep and use my awakened ours to craft and perfect those same ideas? The possibilities are truly endless and by utilizing my sleep cycles as a creative process I can truly delve deeper into my subconscious possibly to discover the darker more sinister sides of my tales.
Do you think dreams can be used as the basis for narratives or poems? Anyone have any experience doing so? Leave the comments below