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Using dreams as story ideas


Very rarely do I have nightmares. For the most part, I tend to have weird, involved dreams (at least those that I remember are). A while back I had a long, involved dream that was sort of like a zombie survival movie, only everyone was trying to getting away from killer rabbits instead of zombies. (Afterwards, I had an urge to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail again, but I don’t think that’s what the dream was trying to tell me.) And the other night, I had a dream that seemed to be based on Chronicles of Narnia (I was supposedly Lucy, I think), but it was more like Harry Potter in that I and another person were fighting a bad guy by using magic, only I couldn’t find the piece of paper my incantations were written on.


Many times I find myself wishing I could remember more details of these sorts of dreams, as I always think they’d make good material for stories to write. I have heard before about keeping a dream journal, and sometimes I’ll think about doing it, but I never do. Maybe one day I will.


What about you? Do you have dreams that you think would be good story material? Have you ever turned dreams into stories?

Author: jowensauthor

I'm a geeky, animal/cat-loving author of Fantasy and YA Fiction. I'm a supporter of animal charities such as the WWF. I'm also a fan of anime and sci-fi/fantasy. I'm an avid reader as well, and enjoy mainly reading fantasies, mysteries, and books about animals. I have a B.A. in History with a minor in English. I also dabble in making jewelry, reading tarot, and am interested in the paranormal. You can find out more about me and my various books and writings at my website: You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

2 thoughts on “Using dreams as story ideas

  1. I recently had an interesting dream, which I thought would make a good 3 part short story. I wrote one part and then decided to drop the idea.. haha! Mainly because dreams don’t really have an ending.

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    • that’s true. they seem to switch a lot, jump from one thing to another. or I’ll wake up before seeing how an interesting one ends, and will be bummed about it because I wanted to see what happened.


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