Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nightmare Inspiration

I had a horrible nightmare last night. The kind where I wake up in a sweat, heart pounding, near crying, not wanting to go back to sleep. My first thought was, I need to write this down! But then I found myself falling asleep and back in the middle of the same nightmare, only tweaked. 

This time, I was being grabbed by Danny DeVito,


(but with hair like this) 

a rag held over my mouth, 

and thrown in a swimming pool, told to float on the lily pads. 

Then the lily pads turned into floaties (I think my brain was trying to make sense of the situation). 

I woke again, telling myself to remember this dream and the intense feelings accompanying it (minus the floaties cause the lily pads are more interesting). The next time I fell asleep, I was writing my dream down, making sure to express every scary feeling, and since I'm now teaching again, my dream turned into me helping my students write scary stories. 


It made total sense in the dream, and I must say I did a great lesson on writing, but having seven-year-olds write about getting kidnapped by a psycho doesn't seem like a good idea in the morning.

And looking at the string of images going along with my nightmare, I'm not thinking it was really worth all the effort to remember. 

What do you think? Do I have a story here? ;) 

Any good dreams (or nightmares) worth remembering lately?

Happy writing :)


  1. Haha, you might have a story here!

  2. Parody time! That was quite a nightmare Hope. A story could be made from this.

  3. Oh, my. That last picture is enough to cause me nightmares. :P

  4. I don't know what to dreams -- while really screwed up most times -- usually make more sense. :oP

  5. Wow. That last picture is kinda freaky. I wouldn't want to run into him in my dreams.

    A few times my 8 yr old has told me about a dream. And they're wacky, like how you're on lily pads and they turn into floaties. It's fun to listen to the story because it's kind of new. Paying attention to the dreams and stuff.

    Your idea give me an idea now. I might ask my son to write a scary story. I think the interesting thing would be, what is scary to them.

  6. Do you sleep on a water bed? Haha. I'm too much of a wimp for horror, and your dream is already scaring me, but the floating on lilypads thing is kinda cool. I had a dream once about hiding from invading aliens in the bottom of a swimming pool because they hate water. Still trying to figure out how to make that one work as a story, lol.

  7. Lol, with Danny and that wig I think you have a screenplay! :)
    I did fall asleep once reading a good book and then dreamed about reading the next chapter. My dream chapter had a pretty good opening line and I totally wrote it down in the morning. :)

  8. Um, you might want to write it down and sit on it for a bit. LOL. My dreams are like this a lot. Lots of one image morphing into another and never making sense.

  9. I have nightmares all the time. My husband thinks I have a problem. haha. But I hate mine and want to forget them forever! Mostly to do with losing my kids.

  10. this is great! i had a dream with tom cruise a while back and made it into a story. it was fun!

  11. Oh my gosh... DYING... too funny!!! :D

  12. Thank GOODNESS! I thought I was the only one who had strange dreams. LOL
    Write on... ;)

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  14. I think it's important for writers to write down their dreams. There may not be a one-to-one correspondence between a dream and a future story, but it helps the creative process.

  15. Oh yeah, This is a story for sure! haha

  16. Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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