Haruki Murakami’s Daydreaming

Murakami’s sense of himself as a sort of pipeline – a conduit between his subconscious and that of his readers – is so pronounced that he even pauses, after referring to himself in passing as a “natural storyteller”, to issue a correction: “No, I’m not a storyteller. I’m a story watcher.” His relationship to those stories is that of the dreamer to a dream, which may explain why he claims almost never to dream at night. “Well, maybe once a month, I dream,” he says. “But I usually don’t. I think it’s because I get to dream when I’m awake, so I don’t have to dream when I’m sleeping.”



Dreaming Writing

How to kickstart your writing

As you put your head on your pillow, think briefly about what you want to write tomorrow. Then, rise early, drink a glass of water and write.

Writing feels so much easier in the morning. Ideas come more naturally. One sentence spurs the next and the remnants of your dreams may infuse your writing with something special.


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?