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"What you write are the dreams you don't remember."
Certainly dreams can be inspiration for written stories. Or band names. lol.
My magical thinking sees the stories I am 'given' as being some divine gift from the collective unconscious. It's like I receive them through an intangible conduit. And they are to do with as I wish. But these stories aren't the same as dreams.
Dreams are still poorly understood in this age of high tech science. Sometimes the idea that they are neural house keeping makes sense to me and sometimes the idea that they are hallowed gifts is more appropriate.
Anyway, I came to the conclusion that my dreams were too dark to make good stories.
I used to have this horrible nightmare - recurrent - that I had to go to this elderly lady's mansion and take care of her, but she turned out to be evil and I had to escape in a dumbwaiter.
Another recurrent nightmare from childhood: a huge gorilla in a yellow skirt with purple flowers went on a rampage during a family picnic at the elementary school.
And today my dreams are just doom, doom, doom.
They just wouldn't work as stories. They're all too far-fetched, and always have a hint of terrifying sadness. I could probably write them and get some sort of cult following... but for the real world, no.
He sat on the song for months before recording it, wanting to make sure that it was really his.
Nevertheless, I looove your gorilla in the flowered skirt, Ambushed - probably an obnoxious classmate you couldn't allow yourself to be mad at on the conscious level.
I do often solve writing problems in the morning space between sleeping and waking. Also, on rare occasions, a dream will leave me with an image that, when interpreted, gives me valuable guidance on how to solve a writing problem.
I read an art book about training your mind to access a particular part of your brain in order to improve ones ability to draw. One of the exercises was drawing a complicated picture up side down. This is done because the left? brain wont recognize the image that is upside down and wont be called into use and the right? brain can take over for that drawing. Then the reader was suposed to feel the experience of being in the zone. I hypothesized that the "zone" is the same zone that I feel that I must access for writing.
Yes I am epileptic, but after a seizure (grand mal) I can not remember a thing (usually to from a day before the seizure) and end up with a terrible headache. Not one my more creative times. I also get partial seizures, and with those I don't notice a difference with creativity. Also, the medicine that I take to control the seizures, wipes out any and all morsels of creativity that I would have possessed. Why do you ask?
That and I just have a curiosity about things I have no direct knowledge of.