Dreams by MaryFI'm rewriting the end of my 2007 GH finalist, a book that came to me in a dream 4 years ago. The whole story didn't come to me, though, just the beginning, a team of archaeologists in South America taken hostage by guerrillas, but it was enough to spark the idea, to get my juices flowing. Research and a plotting retreat did the rest.
This isn't the first story I've written inspired by a dream. My very first book was inspired by a dream of two divorced cops taken hostage and their children working to free them. Of course, I didn't write that "Spy Kids" type story, but I did write a book about two divorced cops who were forced to work together again and its effect on their kids.
My ghost hunter story, which I'll be revising next, was inspired by a dream about Supernatural, where Dean was leading a ghost tour to make money to support his real job, only really scary things started happening.
I wrote a book for Bombshell a few years back, inspired by a dream I had of an invasion, where I had to save the world from these creatures enslaving mankind.
My first Nano book was inspired by a dream about Sydney Bristow, retired and deep into mommyhood, being brought back into the spy game when her ex-husband goes missing.
This year's Nano book will also be inspired by a dream, though not mine. My friend Kris Fletcher had a dream about me and Clooney, and it's just too good not to write (and yes, I have her permission.)
I write down those interesting dreams in my journal. Sometimes what seems like it will spark a good story sounds really stupid when you write it down, but sometimes it will lead to other ideas. Some just aren't developed enough and will need work (my dream, for instance, that I was on a bus full of women and Jeffrey Dean Morgan was on leave from the army and he chose ME - not nearly the conflict I'd need). Some are better left unmentioned and undeveloped (me running across a battlefield with Jeffrey Dean Morgan as characters from The Watchmen - yes, I have a thing for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whatever gave you that idea??)
Maybe I'm odd, maybe my imagination is too wild, maybe other people don't have freaky dreams like me. Personally, I feel like some of them are gifts, though I've yet to have one give me an ending. That's probably too much to ask....
Do you have dreams that inspire you? Have you ever written a book from one?
Oh, and since I was feeling a bit left out of the whole shoe picture thing, here are my back-to-school shoe deals: