Dreams are funny things. Take this one for example:
|Aliens love to mall walk!|
I'm at an abandoned mall turned airport getting on a plane (but the plane is more like a spaceship). Then I volunteer to get off the plane to deal with the aliens (think Sigourney Weaver) in order to clear the way out of the mall. A few of us start shooting the aliens (because apparently we all brought guns to the airport and nobody cared) and I tell everyone to shoot for the head. I realize I'm really low on ammo and then I wake up.
Weird, right? My mom blamed it on watching a little too much “Walking Dead” - as if there could actually be too much of that excellent show!
|Sunday night, after new episodes of "The Walking Dead"|
Whatever the reason for dreams, they can serve as excellent inspiration. The basic idea behind my first book was dreamed up… literally. I woke up thinking about a pair of twins casting a spell and the idea for a book was born.
I love writing dream sequences. They can be full of crazy imagery, buried meanings, and a stream of consciousness style. And those dreams can mean anything - from character worries to premonitions to story foreshadowing. Several dreams figure in my upcoming book, along with a couple of nightmares as well. The characters wonder what the dreams mean, and sometimes they think they know... but can a person ever be sure they understand the meaning behind their dreams?