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07 February 2008 @ 10:00 am

Ever have those dreams where an entire book downloads into your head at once and you know you’re dreaming and you actually think, “Oh, god, the whole book just downloaded,” but you know you’re not going to be able to hold on to it so you’re frantically trying to write it down except you’re trying to write it in the dream and the words keep changing so dammit you at least try to *dream* it really solidly so maybe some of it will stick and all you wake up with is an awareness that you’ve had a fantastic dystopian near-future SF dream that seems to be the result of a cross between the Age of Apocalypse and GWB’s America and that because you dreampt it you know it’s there in your brain *somewhere* but you don’t know that you’re ever going to get it out again?

Or is that just me?

On the positive side, I got more than a thousand words written on TPC before 9:30. Back to work now.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
irishkateirishkate on February 7th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Not specifically happened but similar enough to know what you mean.

On one occasion I remember as I got closer to being awake it got harder to see what I was looking at so i was squinting and finally opened my eyes really wide to see if that helped - only I actually opened my eyes and was awake and all the details were gone *poof* just like that.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 7th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Nope, it's not just you. Some of the best SF I've encountered has been in dreams.

It doesn't happen often, in fact it's so rare it's memorable, but it's the reason I have a notebook by the bed. Or would have, except ... argh, you can see why what I write isn't literature.

I like to think it's what Terry Pratchett was talking about in Wyrd Sisters (I think) when he's talking about particles of inspiration sleeting through the universe, randomly ploughing ideas into people's brains.
catrinpcatrinp on February 7th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Not a whole book, but numerous scenes and lately one whole subplot within an existing WIP.

It takes frantic writing, and running through it over and over to get it set, but I can remember enough to eventually get it down.

But I've been doing that since Uni. I had a written exam, we knew the basic question and the night before I dreamt doing the exam. woke up, tried to shake it from my head since I didn't know the exact question. Got into the exam and spookily enough my dream was pretty close. So I wrote my dream answer and got a credit.

My only problem is finding the time to transcribe the dreams, between work, family and real life.
eponin10 on February 7th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
OMG those dreams suck. I've had that happen.
scbutlerscbutler on February 7th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Happens all the time. Wishful thinking.
Harold Zablehzatz on February 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
It's not just you. It happens to me, too. And other people I know--just consider Marith's thread of dreams over the last few weeks.

One of the things that always amuses me when I have such dreams is how some of the neurons that get tickled in the dream state are the ones that evaluate the dream as being a high quality story. Then I get to wake up, think over the dream, and wonder at how I could have thought it would be amusing to others...

Going through existence as an intelligence stuck in a brain can be fun...
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on February 7th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh dear ghods yes. Night before last, in fact, and it's still there. Well, except for the writing things down *in* the dream.
Also, I think it's a short story, but that's because I've never written anything over 10K.
jennifer_dunne: Princess Flower Bearjennifer_dunne on February 7th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, the only ones I've dreamt of like that have been proposals. And it's a lot easier to remember a 2 page outline when you wake up than an entire BOOK.

It's totally the awesome when it happens, though.

And since the details ARE still there, stuck in your brain, have you considered hypnosis to get them out?
kitmizkit on February 7th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
The idea occurred to me this morning, in fact. :)
mela_lyn: FabBoobsmela_lyn on February 7th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?

Mitch: No...

Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?


Made me think of you... if you haven't seen this movie, you need to! Missy
Kes Yocumkesmun on February 7th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Off-topic (Casting *G*)
Have you seen any Blood Ties? Dylan Neal is perfect for Morrison. Perfect, I tell you.
kitmizkit on February 7th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Off-topic (Casting *G*)
*goes to look, then laughs* Wow, he's got the blue eyes for the part, doesn't he? Hee hee hee!
Kes Yocumkesmun on February 7th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Off-topic (Casting *G*)
Hee. I think he has the "superhero going to seed" look, too. *G*
Brian: shiny spinny balllogrusboy on February 7th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't it be nice if the ideas came at the same speed you could write them?