Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
Writers See Stories and Plots in Dreams
AS YOU SLEEP, THE MIND CREATES NEW IDEAS AND INSIGHTS.Because the mind never sleeps, it is set up to act as your problem solving partner, and many writers have discovered their stories and plots in their dreams.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE.In his autobiography,Coleridge documented many literary inspirations to dreams, including his poems Kubla Khan and The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
THE STORY OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE WAS BASED ON A DREAM.ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, author of favorites such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, wrote that he got many of his best stories from dreams. He described how his novel about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was "conceived, written, re-written, and printed within ten weeks", from the following dream:
For two days I racked my brains for a plot of any sort. On the second night I dreamed the scene at the window, and the scene afterward split in two, in which Hyde, pursued for some crime, took powder and underwent a change in the presence of his pursuers.
His wife relates how one night Louis cried out, horror-stricken, so she woke him up. He scolded her, saying, "Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine tale!" The next morning he ran up to her, excited, and said: "I have my chilling shocker, I have my chilling shocker!"
Stevenson wrote that his passion for writing interacted regularly with having remarkable dreams. With vivid dreams from childhood, he discovered he could dream complete stories and go back to the same dream story the next night. He trained himself to remember his dreams as plots for books. [Chapter on Dreams by Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains, 1892, Chattus & Windus; Robert Louis Stevenson, A Critical Biography Vol. 2, John Stuart, 2005, Kessinger Publishing]
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