The writer’s mind is a strange and wonderful place where the real blurs with the fantastic in a symbiotic act of creation. Even so, it might surprise you to learn that many writers, myself included, draw on, or have used, dreams as inspiration for their novels. Some of the more famous examples of this are:
1. It by Stephen King (plus others)
2. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
4. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
8. Stuart Little by E.B. White
9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
11. The Returned by Jason Mott
12. The Kinsey Millhone novels by Sue Grafton
There are many authors not mentioned above as well as poets (such as Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel Taylor Coleridge) who have utilised their dreams in their writing. From this evidence, it is easy to see that dreams should form a part of most writers’ toolboxes. So how can you use dream techniques in your own writing?
Check back next week for my top tips!
Yours in dreaming, writing, and dream writing,
Alicia Leigh :-)
About A.K. Leigh
A.K. Leigh is an international-selling romance author, identical triplet, writing instructor, incurable romantic, love guru, self-love advocate, amateur mystic, mother, sometimes blogger and vlogger, and trauma survivor.