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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.