I was wondering how many writers out there have actually used their dreams as inspiration.
I’ve had some pretty interesting and complex dreams that often I’ll be thinking (mid-dream!) “this would make for a great story!”
And then I wake up and it fades into the ether.
Some dreams affect me so profoundly that I’ll be in a daze most of the next day, trying to grasp that odd fragment from the night before and understand why I’m feeling so melancholy or incomplete. I may not be able to remember the details but something inevitably will stick with me and then I’m trying my best to figure out what it was.
I’ve tried having a notebook besides my bed to write down what I can remember from the night before, but I’m often so groggy that I don’t remember it’s there; by the time I do, the dream’s been lost.
Maybe if I tell myself over and over subconsiously to write whatever fragments down the moment I wake up, it’ll happen.
But then I wonder how coherent the notes will be for me later on when I review them 😛
Perhaps one day I’ll be able to grasp the elusive dream and not have to endure those feelings of disappointment the following day. 🙂