Have you ever had a dream that is so bizarre, you wonder what it means? Like...deadly fortunes something that is a warning of something to come...Or you think maybe you shouldn't have eaten that spicy pizza last night. Or watched a scary movie right before going to bed.
Maybe you've had a lot of stress over something or mentioned people that you hadn't talked about in a good long while, some of them long since dead, and here they are, prominently in your story dream.
Ever think the dream could turn into a really neat story? Make it so?
Scenes do come to me, but not in dreams. I visualize two people in action and dialogue, and I've got the beginning of a scene.
But dreams, that's something else. First off, they usually are really bizarre. If I remember them...I had one this morning but can't remember, but yesterday's woke me up--
It was really weird. I was in a car with a cougar-standard poodle mix and I was stroking his fuzzy head, and he was purring as I waited for the circus people to come and get him with their tranquilizer-filled hypodermic needles. Did I mention how bizarre my dreams could be?
In the back seat was a cheetah, elegant, sleek, female, sitting up, growly, and not in the least bit friendly. Police pulled up at the same time and the circus guys tranqued the sweet cougar-poodle, that btw, looked only like a cougar. No curly hair.
And then I was awake.
So I analyze my dream to figure it out.
I'd been writing on Silence of the Wolf, and mentioned a poodle. I used to own standard poodles. And I had just mentioned a cougar in the story also. Cheetahs? I had seen a picture of one recently.
Circus? I had just watched an episode of Supernaturals about a killer clown from the circus.
Why would the cougar like me? Because most shapeshifter cats and wolves like me, except for the bad guys. They don't pay any attention to me until it's too late.
The Cheetah? Have no idea why she didn't like me. Maybe it was because I was giving all my attention to the loving cougar.
We often analyze days' events, past events, future events during our sleep, falling asleep, waking up periods, even when we don't realize we do. It helps us to deal with everything.
Have you ever woken up and realized how you needed to tackle a problem? I've done that. It's at the edge of my brain, and all of a sudden, the solution comes.
And I know it's because my brain was working it out when I was sleeping.
What of dreams that are reoccurring? Like falling off a cliff or some other dream that you might have on a regular basis? That could be a metaphor for some deeper feelings that you haven't been able to deal with.
As for cougar-poodles, no, you won't EVER find one in a story of mine. Probably not a cheetah either!
So if you have dreams, or remember those that you do, do you ever analyze them? Try to figure them out? Or just ignore them, figuring they're not worth the time?
Terry "Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality!"