Once upon a time I woke having dreamt a fairy tale. The images were vivid, I could remember it and knew not to sit up because I’d lose it. Lying still, yet feeling tingly all over with excitement, I retold and reran the ‘film’ in my head over and over to make the pathways of memory with my synapses in my brain before I slowly sat up reciting it and carried on recalling the pictures whilst running downstairs. Sat at the computer typing rapidly trying desperately to keep the memories of every word, every picture. Did I capture it? Yes, some, not all, of it.
What became of this story and was it any good? If you read my N you’ll guess I’m still editing it. It became a story within the novel I was writing at the time. One of the characters was a writer yet in his spare time wrote fairy tales for a younger member of the family which were only discovered by others after his death. The storyline of him writing the fairytales came before I dreamt the fairytale.
It’s got a castle, knight, princess and dragon in it as well as thick bushes which are impassable and a dangerous forest.. and it all turns out happily ever after.
Have you remembered dreams which were then part of your novels? Do you keep notes of dreams you have and analyse them? What’s your ‘Once upon a time’ story?
My AtoZchallenge posts are about writing, parts of my novels or some research I need to do for them. I’m not allowing myself to write about anything other than topics linked to the books, my books. The current titles that I’m writing about are ‘Bags’, ‘Holiday stories’ and ‘Dream Gardener’.