Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Genre Dreaming

by Hannah Reed/Deb Baker

I've always had wild and intense dreams. Rumor has it that we have between three and five dreams every night. I'm lucky (or unlucky, depending on the theme) if I remember one of them. Sometimes I wake up during a dream and that locks it in. Other times something triggers my recall later.

They usually aren't horrifying dreams, although I've had my share of those. Mostly I'm on adventures with friends I haven't seen in a while. It's one unique way to keep in contact. My dreams lean toward the thriller/suspense/mystery genre. Never, though, have I found inspiration in them for my writing.  Rats! I envy authors like Stephanie Meyer, who dreamed the subject of Twilight and crafted it into a runaway best seller. But I'm perfectly willing to keep trying until the special one arrives.

Recently, I read that eliminating eating in the last three hours before bed makes for a more restful sleep. Last night, I experimented. Sure enough, the one dream I remember involved painting a water color landscape. The only conflict that arose was when I had to decide which blue to use for the sky.

Yawn. Suffice it to say, I'm back to snacking at bedtime in anticipation of the next big blockbuster dream.

So what genre do you dream in the most? Romance? Horror? Mystery? Fantasy? Another?
Have you ever found inspiration within one of your dreams?