Capturing dreams

Dreams are like scenes from films – write them as if they are part of a film. Pay attention to the setting. Where are you? What does this setting mean to you? What theme does this setting suggest? What wouldn’t happen in this setting?

Dreams have a strange sense of place and time. Try to capture that sense of dislocation in your writing.

Also, all the characters are part of you, so look at the dream from each character’s point of view. What is important is not what happens but how the characters respond to what happens. So ask each character ‘How do you feel about what has happened?’

Start a Dream Diary

Some of the best scenes and storylines can spring unbidden from the recesses of your unconscious mind.

If you’re unable to recall every piece of your dream, don’t fret! Just as snippets of newspaper articles can be used as a catalyst for your next story, dream snippets can provide unique bits and pieces which can be woven together later to spice up plots, characters or spark ideas.

Memorable Dreams Writing Tool

Dream date:

Title: (Name the dream, and in the naming, you may find the theme).




What happened in the dream?

How do you feel about what happened?

What do you think would happen next?

Pay attention to your dreams

Dreams are often like scenes from films. There is always a strange sense of place and time and it is the feeling of dislocation that I try to capture.

During the daytime, relax and reactivate the dream. Write in a few sentences or draw a mindmap. Write as if you are pitching a story or if you draw, then use line and colour.

All dream characters are part of you – so look at what happens from each character’s point of view. What do they need? What motivates their actions and goals? How do they feel?

Where do the dreams take place? What else could happen in this setting? What would normally not happen?

What was the plot? What was the theme?

Can you improve the dream if you changed something? Maybe the ending or the characters?

And, if you have problems remembering your dreams, then last thing at night say to yourself ‘I’m going to remember my dream’.

A dream

A dream can be an answer to a question that you haven’t yet known to ask. The images may be vastly varied and magnificently interesting and most of all uninflected.  It is the juxtaposition of these unrelated trivial details and images that gives the dream its power, terror and beauty.