I have come to the conclusion that I have the best dreams when I get 11+ hours of sleep. I’m on spring break this week, and man does it feel good to sleep in! Back to the subject of dreams—you know you’re a writer when you dream about your characters. I’ve gotten some really good ideas from dreams. For instance, I dreamed up an entire plotline about a princess and pirates and their adventures on the high seas, which I’ve since changed and incorporated into what I hope will one-day be a best-selling book series. Last night, I dreamed about one of my characters giving another character a serious talk about dating his sister. You think of the weirdest things when you dream. Dreams are very key to stories though. A character could either have some kind of revelation in a dream, have a vision that is a very serious plot twist, or be visited by some supernatural force. One of my characters (well, actually a few, but I’m mostly focusing on one) has visions from time to time that she can’t control. You can more or less count that as a dream. Her dilemma is whether or not to act on her visions, and as I’m sure we’ve all figured out by now, trying to change the future is usually what makes the event you’re trying to avoid happen. **coughcoughstarwarscoughcough**
I still haven’t figured out if I want my characters to tempt fate or not, so I will get back to you on that. If your characters DO have dreams, make an element of the dream pop up much much later in the plotline. This is what makes readers go “OHHHHhhh! I get it now! This writer is a genius!” Use the dreams you have to inspire your writing, and your characters. I recommend getting lots and lots and LOTS of sleep. In other news, I FINALLY sat down and wrote the next Demigod Diaries. Check it out at The Official Demigod Diaries Blog and tell me what you think! I actually giggled (literally) like a three-year-old when I was writing it, thinking about all the awesome plotlines I have planned. MWAHAHAHAH….yeah, ok. I’m taking a survey for a story idea I’m working on, so pleeeaase answer the question at the end of this post! It would make me a very happy camper. 🙂 TTFN!
CHALLENGE: Figure out where the title of this post comes from, and you get a million bonus points!
QUESTION: When you were little, were you ever scared that there was something under your bed? If so, what was it?