Dreams and ideas

I have been struggling to come up with fresh and new ideas to write about. I don’t want to be the writer who does remakes. The movie industry is bad enough.

So I am trying to find new ways of generating ideas. Scary ones. There has to be unique ways to weave a tale. Ideas are one of those tricky things that if you make a conscious effort to come up with ideas, they don’t seem to want to surface.

Ideas just happen.

They are magic little creatures that nibble at your ankles. A new idea can’t be a formula or a plan.

They just appear from the murky gray goo upstairs.

I am going to start trying to pull a bucket of fresh water from the well of dreams.

I have a dream journal (ok an app) that I am going to write down my dreams before the gloomy chemicals in my brain erase them.

Maybe bits and pieces of a new story will emerge. Don’t steal my idea but…. The other night I dreamed about a native American village that suddenly appears in neighborhoods and the tomahawks start flying.

I am sitting in an empty high school auditorium waiting for One Act plays to start. My daughter is the MC and creative designer. Check out this prop she designed.
…perfect for Poe’s 203rd birthday!

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8 thoughts on “Dreams and ideas

  1. Very cool prop, Erik.
    Sorry I haven’t been by in a while. I hope the new year is treating you well. Good luck to you as you attempt to draw up those story ideas. They are there. You just need to keep drilling!
    Have a great weekend.

    -Jimmy

  2. That’s awesome, Erik. I have to disagree on one part, though. Some ideas do pop out of nowhere, but sometimes, you can develop interesting ideas on your own, it just takes time and development. And sometimes both happen together in a sense. But when they come out of nowhere like that it can be pretty magical. Love the idea, Erik. You should do some serious research into various Native American tribes to help develop it. Asking questions and doing research are the best ways to come up with ideas or add onto and mold ideas you already have. 🙂

  3. A dream journal is an excellent idea. Unfortunately for me, too often once I really start thinking about what I thought was a great dream idea, it ends up being too close to some other book or movie. But I was fortunate enough the other night to have a great one. I had to not talk to my wife through our shower so I could remember all the details until I could sit down at the computer. Wrote four pages of notes. I love when that happens.

    Good luck. And awesome prop by your daughter. Hope the production went well.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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