Sunday, January 23, 2011


By Kate Collins

Have you ever dreamed the answer to a question, or solved a problem while you slept? I’ve always wanted to be able to do that, but no matter how hard I concentrate before I go to sleep, I don’t wake and say, “That’s it! I’ve got it!”

On the other hand, I did once dream an entire story, start to finish. The problem was that it was a Sci-Fi story, not a mystery or even a romance, and I don’t write Science Fiction. Never had any interest in it. Too bad, because it was a really good, kind of scary story.

Sometimes I wake up and feel inspired with what to write in my current mystery-in-progress. That happened yesterday morning, in fact. I woke earlier than usual and was determined not to get up until some light came through the curtains. I hate getting up in the dark. So as I lay there, my thoughts turned to what was happening in the story (due in four weeks - AAAACK!) And I had a sudden flash of what should come next – a brand new disaster for Abby and Marco. So I got up, had some juice, and sat down at my computer to write the scene. Strike while the iron is hot, right?

Getting back to my original question, have you ever dreamed a solution to a problem? Or felt inspired when you awakened? Or are you one who forgets your dreams the moment your eyes open?

Inquiring dreamers want to know.