Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dreaming Fiction



“I had the strangest dream,” my friend told me the other day. “It was like I watching an action movie.”
“You should write it down,” I told her.
She scoffed at me. “It was just a stupid dream.”
If Stephanie Meyers said that then there would be no Twilight Series.
Dreams, the usually nonsensical ramblings of our subconscious, are often dismissed by dreamers upon waking. “So an alligator strolled into the room wearing a pair of shoes he said was made from an old lady. Can you believe I dreamed that?” A dreamer might remark to a friend. Laughs will be had and then the dream will fade into the hustle of the waking world where it may never surface again.
No one will argue that dreams are strange and maybe most of the time just some babbling we need to release to make room for more information. However, the act of dreaming, the actual REM state, has been touted for maintaining plasticity and chemical balances within the brain. So since the act of dreaming is so critical to our wellbeing, maybe we should entertain the idea that the product is also of value—in some cases at least.
As I mentioned before, Stephanie Meyers claims she awoke from a dream with the idea for a vampire novel. She is not alone in drawing inspiration from her dreams for fictional works. Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelly, and Charlotte Bronte all credit dreams for parts of their stories.
Robert Louis Stevenson actually crafted the riveting novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from a nightmare. That’s one way to turn the tables on the usual aggravation that comes after bolting awake from a night terror. Stevenson was reported to be quite irritated with his wife for rousing him from the dream which inspired the classic story. “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale,” he said to his wife.
My research on this topic made me realize that what lines the shelves of libraries are not just novels, but dream journals. Countless volumes were inspired by the strangeness that fills dreamer’s heads at night. Some authors have claimed a single dream inspired their entire story, whereas others only attribute a single character or idea. Still the takeaway remains the same: the strangeness of dreams can be woven into the greatest of stories. It does take a creative mind to catch a dream upon waking and spin it into something that is less ethereal and more suited for the average reader, but it has been done time and time again.
So maybe the next time you awake from a fantastical dream, before you laugh about it with a friend, write it down. Take it seriously. You might have captured a masterpiece as great as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

Sarah Noffke is the author of two YA series which are both heavily centered around the power of dreams. The Lucidites and Reverians series follow the lives of the powerful and extraordinary Dream Traveler race. Check out her books here: http://www.sarahnoffke.com

16 comments:

  1. Sarah, totally a dreamer in the best way. And an inspiration to me in more ways than on to dream and to live the dream. Here books are mesmerizing and intelligent, they make you yearn for something more...

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  2. Sarah your dreams have entered my imagination and taken me hostage. I can only say that your dreams will bring meaning to the rest of the world. Hopefully your words here will encourage others to bring their dreams to life.

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  4. I love Sarah's dream stories, so inspiring to me that I try to remember my dreams and write them down too, who knows............

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  5. Sarah is a great author I just love her books and am greatful she wrote her dreams down so we could see them. I hope she has many more series to tell us.

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  6. I love Sarah's books!! They are awesome and everybody should read them. I love the world's she creates.
    -Bridgett Brown

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  7. Sarah, you're pretty much my most favorite person ever because you created Ren and he's my absolute favorite literary character! Keep the books coming!!!

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  8. I absolutely ADORE your books Sarah! And you are such a sweetheart to those of us who obsess over Ren, thank you for tolerating our craziness lol ��

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  9. I just read awoken with your FB marathon and loved it! such an interesting take on dreams and the power of them.

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  10. I can't wait to read all your books have finally started Awoken!

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  11. I loved Awoken and I am currently reading Suspended. I can't wait to read even more!

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  12. Your books are some of the best I have ever read!!!! I can't wait to see and read your future stories :)

    From Kris S. (Facebook buddy)

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  13. I love all of Sarah Nofkes books and she's a really nice person

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  14. Thank you to everyone for the incredible words and praise. I'm honored that you enjoy my books. I plan to keep dreaming and writing to keep you entertained.

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