Monday, May 17, 2010

I woke up this morning

at 7:17 am. My alarm was set to go off at 7:30. But I woke myself up out of a very deep sleep (I mean, if the amount of drool on the pillow is some kind of sliding scale indication of how deep the sleep was). I was also in the middle of a very involved dream--a vivid dream, one that I remember all the details to (except, of course, how it ends, since I woke up--how frustrating!! I wonder what happened to that girl in my dream!).

I have no idea what startled me awake. But I do know it was some kind of miniature miracle (what do they call those? Stroke of good luck, maybe?) because if I hadn't woken up until my alarm went off, I probably would have finished the dream and exited REM and snoozed and woken up normally and that would have been the beginning of my day and the end, forever, of whatever happened inside my head last night (I'm a very clean dreamer--I never remember anything I dream, ever, unless I'm woken up in the middle of it). But my dream last night was SO UTTERLY AWESOME that instead of snoozing I waddled over to my computer and started setting down an outline based on the dream. It's the PERFECT story (well, sort of--I'm going to have to seriously edit my dream main character, since she was really credulous and unquestioning, like my dream main characters always are for some reason).

Alas now I have to go to work. But I wanted to share that I got hit by the muse. I thought if anyone could sympathize it would be you guys :)

45 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Hooray!

Sophie Playle said...

In my experience, most dreams don't make very good stories! But... sometimes, they make awesome stories. The point you make about your character being unquestioning is a prime example of why dreams do and do not make good stories: there's no logic to them. So, on one side, they don't work, but on the other side, your brain has produced something incredibly creative without the hindrance of that annoying thing called logic!

Good luck with the story!

Cid said...

Oh yes, vivid dreams. I am plagued? blessed? with those. It's always awesome when you can get them down!

Lynn Colt said...

This happens to me too! There are several concepts in my 'ideas' folder that are from dreams I had. Now if only I can get to them sometime!

Alyson Greene said...

Did you dream about a sparkly vampire in a meadow?

Mmm, no?

Then I'm sure it will be a fantastic story.

Girl with One Eye said...

I love when that happens! So fun.

Stephanie said...

Very cool! Happens to me all the time.

Indigo said...

That's exactly how it happens. (Hugs)Indigo

writtenwyrdd said...

I love waking from a good dream like that, one which you can use to start a story.

moonrat said...

Alyson--wait, how did you know? Did you have that dream, too?

That must make it EVEN BETTER.

Linda said...

Awesome. And oh-oh... that's what catapaulted me into writing novels (well, at least my first one). So we'll see you next year ;^)

Peace, Linda

Pamala Knight said...

Lucky!

I use to keep a notepad next to my bed so that when the muse visited my dreams I might write it down. But my dream state's handwriting is even more atrocious than it is when I'm fully conscious ;-).

Good luck with the new story.

Susan McBride said...

My hubby is used to me getting up in the middle of the night and stumbling into my writing room to scribble down notes from dreams or dream-like scenes relating to whatever I'm working on. That's how I usually resolve scenes that have me stymied. The unconscious brain is a wonderful thing!!! Dream on, Moonie!!!

Kate said...

I love it when that happens! I love the surreal sensation I carry with me all day after that happens.

I have a weird dream pattern, though. I usually don't remember my dreams - until the next time I go to sleep. Just as I start to nod off, it seems like my brain picks up where it left off. And then I forget it all over again. I actually wrote a story about that!

Sugar said...

That's great! I wish I could remember my dreams :(
good luck!!!

Lu said...

Ah, a "clean dreamer". At last I have a name for my affliction. For I do consider it a negative. Hubby loves to recount his amazing dreams, and I have nothing to share. Unless, like you, I'm awoken mid-dream. Which happens too rarely.

Stephanie McGee said...

Fun! Congrats! I love when the muse strikes like that. It's how my next novel got its start. There's a lot of work still to do but that dream was the spark that will carry me through the world-building and development.

Dreams are an amazing way of getting ideas to fix a work or find a new project to stew upon.

bashtree said...

Awesomez! Oh muse, how we love you.

fairyhedgehog said...

That's so cool!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Nice! I get ideas or portions of scenes worked out in my sleep usually. I don't know that I'm sleeping very deeply though. I can generally remember what I've managed to work out.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Yay for you! I actually started keeping a dream journal for the first time a few weeks ago. (I have a 3-year-old; he wakes me up every night, at least once or twice, to ask if he can crawl into my bed. My REM is almost always interrupted, so I thought, why not take advantage of it?) It's been great - I love my nighttime muse!

Dawn said...

LOL@Alyson. I was so going there ;-)

Emily Cross said...

awesome, i love when that happens.

aw the mind tis a wonderous place :)

siebendach said...

When I read the title of this blog entry I thought it was going to be about blues music.

cindy said...

love this!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sometimes I get spit on by the muse at night.

Pretenses said...

Interestingly enough, I also rarely remember what I dream, but I had a very clear dream last night. And you were there! Thanks for sharing the muse.

_*rachel*_ said...

You know, I've gotten a lot from dreams, too. Almost three years ago, I had some interesting dreams, decided they'd make a good story put together, and started a book based on them one chapter per dream. Unfortunately, I had more dreams than time to write, stopped at 33K to do NaNoWriMo, and only got back to it last year. At which point I started over again, scrapped the plot, stopped again, and am now considering changing my narrator.

I've had a few attempted short stories stemming from dreams, one of which I still remember it great detail--down to the color and texture of my MC's hair in the moonlight. Nothing finished, sadly. (I tend to have trouble finishing things.)

I remember dreams best when I have time to wake myself up. Mornings when I don't have an alarm, my dreams often continue into my half-awake state and I remember them more fully.

The best and most interesting thing about it, though, is that I'm on the 300th day of the 3rd year of writing down my dreams every morning.

Heidi C. Vlach said...

Cool stuff! Hope the rest of the story comes as willingly as the inspiration did.

And as for the force that startled you awake, sounds like an epicquake to me. Possibly from the aftershocks of an awesomeruption.

Charles said...

The only dreams I remember are not appropriate to speak of here. But they do jog the ol' brain into reading mode. First time poster here, will be following along.

Jaleh D said...

Hehe. My current WIP started from a dream. It woke me up at five in the morning and was made of such awesome, that I had to attempt to capture it. Too bad it was the end of the story. I have to do my own work while awake to figure out what led up to that scene.

bfav said...

My dreams generally have a plot. Most are straight crazy. So congrats on dreaming of one that is marketable. cheers.

Sierra Godfrey said...

Love it. I love the dreams that are so good, that tap into your hopes and dreams so well, that they stay with you for days before they float away like wisps of smoke.

Clara said...

Muses are most incovenient little things; just like the inspiration they bring! But its awesome anyway =)

Pen said...

Yay for Moonrat!

My muse often works this way so I totally get this.

Good luck with the story!

K. said...

I totally have the craziest dreams. They are really nuts, and so vivid sometimes at first I think they actually happened! Unfortunately I'm also the lightest sleeper ever so rarely do they ever finish!

Jill Myles said...

Have you ever woken up from a dream and thought "OMG THAT WOULD MAKE AN AMAZING BOOK" and then write it out? And then look at it 3 days later and think, Good lord, that is some crackheaded stuff. That would be an awful book.

Happens to me all the time. :)

moonrat said...

Jill--haha, we're only on day 2, I'd guess, but so far it still seems AWESOME. I woke up again this morning at 6:30 (by accident!) so I could write more.

But yeah, let's wait til day 3.

Jenna said...

is that you, stephenie meyer?

may the muse of twilight-level success be with you!

Rebecca T. Little said...

Writing from dreams can be a good thing, as long as I don't have to write from the one I had last night. Word of warning to the wise, evidently red beans with rice and sausage as a late dinner can lead to dreams that would make a terrifying horror novel! ::shudder::

Rebecca
http://rebeccatlittle.blogspot.com/

Jill Myles said...

moonrat - Then it sounds like a good one!

Mine usually involve something like Jeff Probst bicycling around an island, and me crying because he won't give me the million dollars because we just broke up, so then I have to go to school and retake my SATs...

Yeah. ;)

CKHB said...

Cooooool.

steeleweed said...

If you usually dream late (as you evidently do), set your alarm to 6:30am, then reset it to 7:00am and get back to sleep ASAP. If you're lucky, you'll be able to slip back into the dream, since you didn't wake up completely. When you wake at 7:00am, you may remember the dream since you didn't have to come out of a deep sleep.

Some folks dream about a hour after they fall asleep. They can set the alarm according.

This has been very effective for me for many years. Whether the dreams - yours or mine - are useful is another matter.

Good Luck.

SarahElaine said...

I love how you put it -- "I thought if anyone could sympathize it would be you guys."
That was amazing =)

ggwritespoetry said...

Kate...my brain does that too...it's kind of freaky to start dreaming and realize that you are going back to a previous dream to pick up where you left off...