Coleridge can keep his opium, but…

When I was in college, I had a roommate (and former bandmate) who’s gone on to do some pretty impressive things in the music world play a song for me that he wrote, get this: in a dream. I was already writing prose at this point (if you’re not a writer as a teenager/young adult, will you ever really start?), and extremely jealous. I always wanted to write something in a dream. I mean, I love sleep, and if I can be productive while I’m sleeping, then hey, so much the better, right?

FINALLY, almost twenty years later, I woke up with the beginning of a story ALREADY WRITTEN. It was just before midnight on Wednesday, and I grabbed my computer and started typing down everything I could remember, which was pretty much all of it, and that amounted to about a page. It was a pretty cool subconscious prompt, too, with a lot of unanswered questions. Why were the characters doing what they were doing? What had already happened to bring them to this point (don’t all dreams start in media res?), and after figuring out that I dreamed the beginning of the story and not the end … what happened next?  Well, tonight I finished it and found out for myself.

I thought that this had happened to me before, but the dreams always wound up being super ridiculous to my waking self.  This time it worked, though. It was like Kubla Khan: a Vision in a Dream, but the only person from Porlock who visited me was a seven year old with itchy skin looking for a sleepover buddy.  Having finished transcribing my dream, I was more than happy to oblige.

Anyone else ever had a creative experience like this? Or are you still waiting to get some serious work done in your sleep?

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One Response to “Coleridge can keep his opium, but…”

  1. Aslan's Frau Says:

    What a cool experience! I once dreamed a brochure design that I couldn’t figure out while I was awake. But this seems like pure divine inspiration. You have accessed your muse. Go for it. I can’t wait to read what comes next!

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