Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A to Z: Dreams

I'll admit, D was giving me a harder time than some other letters. I had been thinking of dream for awhile, along with desire, drive, and a few other random D words. But then I when I went over to the Wikipedia main page and saw their picture of the day is "Hall of Dreams" I figured that was a sign.

There are many different theories on dreams, even within psychology. Instead of delving into current theories to much I thought it might be fun to mention some things I think of in regards to dreaming. There are parts of theories mixed in there. And yes, for this post I'm talking about dreams that we have at night while asleep. Dreams as in things we aspire to/want is a topic that could be fun for another day.

We are constantly exposed to various stimuli, sights, sounds, smells, etc. Some of these we pay attention to and remember while others are relegated to lower brain centers or simply slip by. When we sleep, I like to think that our dreams are composed of all this 'raw material' along with our imaginations. Our minds can mix and match anything to create completely different scenarios then what had happened. Dreams can also tap into our fears and our deepest wishes using the same raw material that is available to us.

Of course this can be fun to think about for our characters. What sort of dreams to our characters have? How likely are they to remember their dreams? Do they consider their dreams to have any sort of prophetic element to them? Have they had any intense dreams that caused them to fear things?


KarenG said...

I love dreams. Even nightmares that make me wake up shaking make me glad to wake up and be alive! Dreaming is the best part of sleeping.

RosieC said...

I'm with Karen. I love dreams and what they can tell us about characters (and ourselves, but I don't want to talk about me. :) I don't use them much, but I have a couple of scenes where it's unclear if it's a dream or reality. I love playing with the line between them.

East for Green Eyes

Julie said...

You've given me some great ideas for the story I am working on, I've been playing with a character and now I know I want to add his dreams to the mix. Great post! :)

Wanton Redhead Writing said...

I always think of my character's dreams and usually describe at least one per novel. It makes them feel more real, even vampires dream.

Have fun with challenge, glad to find ya.

E.J. Wesley said...

HI Claire! I very nearly posted on dreams myself!

On a side note, I'm also a psychology person, and spent quite a lot of time doing data related things at the university level as well.

Very nice to meet you, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!


C R Ward said...

Great choice for "D". Dreams are a fascinating subject. I've had a few that have turned into plots for novels. :-)

Sharon - Grandma is a Writer said...

I have had many nightmares and many dreams all my life and a number of them I consider to have been prophetic. My husband, on the other hand, has had very few that he actually remembered. His dreams were the ones that played a big part in our story when we lost our son in Hawaii. Our book goes into that in detail even though it is a true story, not fiction.

Enjoyed your post and have fun during the challenge.