Dream Journaling Your Next Big Story
Are You Dream Journaling?
At the start of 2021, I decided to dream journal.
Since I can remember I've dreamt every night often times remembering the dreams the next day. In high school and college my dreams became more elaborate to the point full stories were playing out.
Then, as most people do they tell their friends or family members, which lead to many of them wanting to hear more. Of course, I couldn't tell them more of the dream because often times I would wake before it was over.
With my dreams becoming more plot-driven and people wanting to hear more I figured why not take my dreams and write a story? My mind was already doing the work for me I just needed to write it down.
How to Dream Journal
If you're like me and dreaming almost on a nightly basis, then dream journaling is a great way to begin your next big story. Here's how to get started.
1. Purchase a journal- The first thing you will need to do is find a dream journal you resonate with the most. There are several on Amazon to choose from or you can stop at your local bookstore to see their selection.
I've tried several but found one I enjoy the most on Amazon.
2. Write down as many details as possible- Now dreams can be long, short, simple, and complicated all in one. Even so, write down as many details as you can remember in your journal. This includes feelings and emotions to even describing the environment and people found in your dream.
Once you've written down as much as possible go back through highlighting anything you think may be important. It could dialogue, the way a person looked, or even an impactful scene that keeps running through your mind.
3. Collect your dreams-Now that you've set up a dream journal start collecting your dreams right away. Write down as many as you can remember. Do it right as you wake up so you don't forget anything important. I went a whole year filling my journal first thing in the morning as the details were fresh on my mind.
How to Write Your Story
Writing can be hard especially when it comes to writing a story from scratch. But it can be easy when the work is already being done for you.
After collecting an array of dreams go back through and reread them. Pay attention to the notes you highlighted to see if they still hold any value. As you read you may start to see a pattern emerging of storylines or ideas coming together. A line of dialogue may fit with another person or in this case character from another dream. An intense interaction might coincide with another environment you may not have thought of before.
Once you begin to connect the dots, a story or sometimes multiple stores will emerge. Now all you have to do is go and fill in the gaps!
I don't know about you but I love to dream journal! I've gotten so many story ideas or even entire stories from my dreams that writing them is easy because I've 'lived' them.
Have you ever dream journaled or written a story based off your dreams? If so, tell me in the comments below!