Clicking Our Heels – Dreams
Today, members of the gang admit whether they think things through in your dreams or are you a concrete thinker?
Robin Hillyer-Miles - In my dreams I see vivid colors and words and numbers. I trained myself to lucid dream at age eight. I can go into a dream, tell myself I am dreaming, and direct the dream to create a better story, change the entire dream to my liking, and write entire stories while asleep.
Julie Mulhern - A little bit of both. Answers to plot problems frequently show up in my dreams.
Dru Ann Love - I’m probably a little bit of both.
Juliana Aragon Fatula - I dream while sleeping, while awake, while eating, while driving…
Debra Sennefelder - I like to plan but I know life is unpredictable, so I like to be flexible.
Kathryn Lane - Ideas for some of my short stories have come from dreams. One story, titled Behind the Murals, came from a dream about a painter who created murals on all the interior walls of his house. For my mystery novels, I tend to be a more concrete thinker since I plan out twists and turns, and surprises.
Debra H. Goldstein – I work out problems in my stories or novels in my dreams, but I rarely get a new story idea while sleeping though I regularly dream.
Shari Randall - That time upon waking, halfway between sleep and full consciousness, is a great time for dreaming a story.
Lynn McPherson - I'm a concrete thinker.
Paula Benson - I’m more of a concrete thinker. However, I don’t overlook insight that comes in dreams.
Mary Lee Ashford: I sure wish I could. That would be awesome! If I'm having a story problem I often have to talk it out. So, I'll call Anita or one the other people in our critique group and talk through the problem and potential solutions. But sorting it out in my dreams, not so much.
Anita Carter: If I’m thinking about my story before I fall asleep, I’ll dream about it or I’m able to work through a problem, but that’s not very often. I’m more of a take a shower, fold laundry, or take a walk kinda girl when I need to ponder an idea or problem.
T.K. Thorne- My dreams are often bizarre and rarely relate to what I am writing (that I can tell) but the best ideas come, like sleep, when I am daydreaming and not trying too hard.
Cathy Perkins: Some of my best story ideas come from daydreams.