These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away.
Heart, These Dreams
In August, I read an essay on querytracker.net entitled “Unleash Your Creative Genius.” The essay was about the power of dreams and how to unleash your creative mind. The writer had some interesting things to say about the dream state and suggested a number of things to do to harness all that untapped creative energy.
First and foremost, get your zees. If you don’t sleep you can’t dream. Makes sense, huh?
Second, keep a pen and notepad by your bed and when you wake up from that dream about Linda Ronstadt the Singing Fish, write it down. An actual dream of mine, I kid you not! They kept her in a special aquarium and . . .
Never mind. You don’t want to hear about Loren Greene from Bonanza and how he saved Linda Ronstadt the Singing Fish from drowning. (She was actually a dolphin, but Linda Ronstadt the Singing Fish sounds better.)
And, no, I never did shrooms.
Third, think about your dreams and look for hidden messages. Your mind may be trying to tell you something about your current project. Or it might be giving you a whole new book idea!
Fourth, give your creative mind a project to work on while you’re asleep. Plot problems? Tell your mind to solve it while you’re asleep.
Fifth, take power naps. This is one of my favorites. Being a working mother/wife/chauffer to a teenager/writer with a deadline/sometimes housekeeper/personal shopper (hey, groceries count!) I often take a quick power nap during my lunch hour. I am fortunate to have my own office, which allows me to partake of this luxury. I close the door, prop my feet in a chair, put my head back and cop a snooze. You’ll be surprised what your busy dreaming brain can come up with in the space of twenty minutes.
Why does it work? Think about it. Your dreaming mind is free of the blocks and negative drains we carry around with our waking selves. The things that shut us down when we’re vertical can’t stop our unfettered creative alter egos!
On a personal note, I am not a morning person. It takes me a while to face the new day. What works for me is to take advantage of that drifting time, the few minutes that I doze, half awake/half asleep before I’m fully alert. In that drowsy state, my creative mind is gnawing on a writing problem, whirling with ideas, and stretching into places I would not venture when fully conscious.
So unleash your dreams and become a better writer.
Think this is a bunch of hooey? Try it. It works. At least you won’t lose any sleep over it.