Picking out songs about dreams is an easy task. You can do a good job just by picking a few good pop/rock ones that have dreams in their title. Whether you opt for the sultry vocals of Stevie Nicks in Fletwood Mac tune, or sonorous tones of Grace Slick, or the Southern rock stylings of Allman Brothers Band or the rocking stuff of Van Halen, you’re there. And the theme is essential covered.
As in music, or any other art form, dreams in writing have been one of the authors’ staples. Not only have they have been used (and misused), but they have been discussed countless times. Here’s countless and one.
It doesn’t really matter how anybody as a writer stylistically approaches that ‘other reality’, ‘surreality’, or whatever we experience in our sleep, it is how it should be approached as a source of writing.
From experience, it usually turns out that when we wake up, it turns out that we can only remember the contours or pieces of pleasant dreams and we almost feverishly try to remember it all, or try to extract a positive course of the ‘real’ life ahead.
On the other hand, it seems that bad dreams, nightmares are the ones that easily get stuck in our memory, and we can hardly shake them off. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, there like pieces of sticky sellotape that keep on hanging on to us no matter what.
That is why probably it is often quite easy to transform nightmares into coherent writing. The images could be phantasmagoric, but they are clear and ‘writeable’. What you as a writer see in their purpose is up to you — to dispel your fears, present them to your audience, shake off a bad experience, or simply scare your readers is not the primary thing. Nightmares are just so impressive that they often seem to be writers’ perfect material.
So, what do you do when you want to recount those pleasant dreams, give them strength, present them as a kind of hope to your readers? Do pleasant dreams present just a base for bad writing?
Of course not. If you, as a writer, ever wanted a solid, positive, encouraging idea, there isn’t a better source than those bits and pieces positive, pleasant dreams leave behind them. They’re perfect starting points for any kind of a story, even if the rest of it is something you thought up in reality.
Essentially, pleasant dreams can be a perfect base for some good writing. So keep a notebook by your bedside and have a music playing device close by with a dream song of your choice ready to play…
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