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October 13, 2010

Dreaming by Judith Leger

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Stephen King dreams. He writes about his nocturne journeys. As an author, he utilizes his dreams to create characters that are memorable, scenes which stay with you, and books that are sold around the world. All of this from his dreams.

I dream also. I follow King’s methods and have written a few books taken from my dreams. Some are finished and published while others wait for another nightly trip to fill in the empty areas. The first book I wrote from a dream was The Wraith’s Forest. I loved the characters in that story. It’s rated PG so even young people can read it. Next came The Witch Within with its sequel Hearts’ Reunion. The Witch Within came from a vivid dream.

The beginning of the story is almost exactly the same as my dream. Even the ambiance with its strong Gothic flavor along with the details of each scene were captured in the book. I tried not to change or interfere with the integrity of the dream as I wrote. With Hearts’ Reunion,I felt there was a strong need to continue the story.

I’m glad I did. It helped me give closure to the dream.

All of these stories are perfect for this time of year. They’re spooky, spine tingling to fit in with Halloween.

My favorite of all dreams that I started a book on was the one about the little girl. I dreamed I rescued a tiny girl from a flood. The water was right at her shoulders and she was struggling so hard to make it to someplace out of the water. I found her in a huge auditorium type room. She looked like Thumbelina with her long golden hair and minuscule size. She wore a double-breasted flare skirted crimson coat trimmed with black piping. On her head was a red pillbox hat. I picked her up and placed her in a book to keep her dry. The next thing I knew, I was outside of the auditorium and walking toward a Greek temple. As I walked across the marble walk before the temple, a man came toward me from the other side. We met in the middle. I handed him the book. He took it with the little girl still inside and published it.

This dream happened years ago. Was this a prelude of my publishing career? Perhaps…

Do you dream? Are they vivid and inspire you to write about them? One small detail is all it takes to create an entire book. With dreams, your muse is freed from what your rational mind is trying to tell you to write. So please, tell me about your dreams and how you use them in your writing > I love hearing about stories like this.


  1. Very interesting, Judith. I don’t usually remember my dreams or if I do they don’t generally make sense. But I think it’s neat to read about someone who finds their inspiration from dreams. It’s so foreign to me 🙂

    Comment by Gillian Archer — October 13, 2010 @ 04:36 | Reply

    • Sometimes, I remember way too much about my dreams. I’ve been dreaming for as long as I can remember. Yes, from my early childhood. Not sure why but I do. My mother was a believe in dreams and the interpretation of those dreams by the ancient oracles. It’s amazing how many of their dream meaning hit it right but they do.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:19 | Reply

  2. All I can say is I am very glad I don’t have Mr. King’s dreams,I might never sleep again! Easy for him to jot them down, they’d certainly wake me up. Luckily my dreams don’t take such a horrific turn, but they do inspire me. Sometimes I wake with a vivid picture in my mind while others only a vague thought…a “what if?”. My series started that way, what if vampires actually descended from Angels? Okay, so maybe my dreams are as weird as Stephen’s.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — October 13, 2010 @ 04:53 | Reply

    • Oh, I have some really weird and terrifying dreams but not, I’m sure, like his. I’m thankful for that. I love the “what if” aspect too. It’s almost like your subconscious is leading you down the path you need to take.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:21 | Reply

  3. Very cool Jadette! I have intense, realistic dreams which seem like they are really happening. They often leave me feeling tired when I wake from them. I’ve taken to keeping a journal next to my bed so I can capture some of the wierdness on the papge. The nly problem is, I can hardly read a word of it the next morning. 😦

    My inspiration for books come from little ideas that pop into my head from nowhere, but stick for some reason, and then the idea sort of grows and fills in until whammo, I have a story that needs to come out. They usually come from some emotion I am feeling at the time, one that I needs to work it way out of my system, and as the story unfolds, my characters teach me lessons about whatever it is that’s confusing me.

    Comment by DH Starr — October 13, 2010 @ 05:17 | Reply

    • My dreams are vivid and can be very realistic. I can even hear sound in them sometimes. It’s not very often that I don’t realize that I’m dreaming. Only woke up a couple of times and thought that all of the stuff in my dream really happened. I never tried to write the dreams down. They remain with me after I wake up. I can close my eyes and still see everything so clearly.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:24 | Reply

  4. I don’t know that my dreams have influenced my writing, but on did impact on my life in two ways.

    One morning I went back to bed and everytime I shut my eyes I would see a news paper whirrling towrds me. Within days a reporter called and asked to do a story on our house ( a solar heated dome) and I appeared on the front page of the paper, then other papers picked it up.

    2nd my husband decided to start a trade paper for coal miners and from that I started one on collectibles which I published for five years.

    All after one dream. I have had a few visions, my sister several and our grandmother was affected by them her whole life.

    Comment by Arlene Foster — October 13, 2010 @ 08:28 | Reply

    • That is so neat, Arlene. Did you and your family ever look up the meaning behind the dreams? I’m not talking about all the new books on dreams where they tell you it’s your subconscious sending you messages. I’m talking about the old folks meanings. Like dreams of a death means a birth.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:52 | Reply

  5. Most of my stories are based on dreams I have had, some are based on dreams of others. Some times I have to get up in the middle of the night to write them down, so I don’t forget them, but they haven’t gotten very far, they just usually end up in a big black book, shoved in some box!!! UGH…

    Comment by Dawn Renae — October 13, 2010 @ 08:35 | Reply

    • Drag box out and try to piece some of them together. You might find a gem of a book when you combine some of the aspects! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:58 | Reply

  6. The first short story that I sold-“In Your Dreams” was based on a recurring dream I had in early sobriety that was extremely scary and vivid. By writing about it, I got $25.00 and the dream went away.

    Comment by John Clark — October 13, 2010 @ 08:48 | Reply

    • Hey it worked for you! That’s great, John. 😀 Whoever said that artists and authors make a ton of money obviously never wrote or put a brush on a canvas! $25.00 is awesome!

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 08:59 | Reply

  7. Not a dream exactly, but once when I was having counselling (for depression, which has haunted me all my life) I found myself recounting a dream-like story that just came to me as I was sitting there with the therapist: in retrospect, I can see it was a metaphor for my life at that point, but it was a very odd experience when it was happening. Anyway, I went home and wrote it down, and it got published quite quickly in a small press magazine — and subsequently the publisher of another small press magazine contacted me and asked if she could publish it as well! It’s the only time in my life someone has asked to publish one of my stories, so it clearly had something the others do not — unfortunately, I’ve never been able to recreate the experience since!

    Comment by Michael O'Connor — October 13, 2010 @ 09:16 | Reply

    • I suppose you could say that it was meant to happen the way it did. Do you dream at all? It surprises me that some people don’t dream whereas in my own experience, it would be strange not to dream. Some dreams scare me and I honestly don’t want to even think about them, but I’m sure if I wrote them into a book they would be great. Thanks for stopping by Michael!

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:09 | Reply

  8. This is an interesting concept. I’ve never written a book from an accidental dream–but all of my books have evolved from ideas that I literally daydreamed about…for hours, even at night. I dream/think out the plots in my head–until the story exists in there, then I get in on paper.

    I have actually woken up from dreams though–that were stories from beginning to end like a movie, and that seemed to take all night. I’ve never been able to capture them to paper though. I’m amazed at your ability to do that. What a gift!

    Comment by Danielle Thorne — October 13, 2010 @ 09:17 | Reply

    • Hi Danielle! Thanks so much for dropping by! It’s not easy but when you have the foundation from the dream then it works.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:11 | Reply

  9. I never have dreams worth remembering or using in books. LOL I’m glad it is a muse for your stories.

    Comment by Paty Jager — October 13, 2010 @ 10:21 | Reply

  10. Judy! Thanks for stopping by my blog today – I tracked you down over here to find you blogging about one of my favorite subjects! I’m a believer in dreams lead down paths both unexpected and fulfilling. I always keep a pad and pen next to my bed in case I wake up with that burst of inspiration, but mostly it’s that feeling of just working things out in my dream world that I enjoy so much.

    Great thoughts!

    Keep those great ideas and books coming!

    Comment by Debora Dennis — October 13, 2010 @ 10:42 | Reply

    • Debora! Runs, tackles and covers face with sloppy wet kisses! Hi Hun!! I believe they lead you also. I really appreciate you stopping by. Miss you!

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:17 | Reply

  11. Very cool that you remember your dreams so vividly. I remember pieces but I’ve never had a dream that would fill up a whole book maybe one scene but…since I write erotic romance maybe that’s a good thing. LOL

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — October 13, 2010 @ 10:51 | Reply

    • OMG! Talk about a good thing. I’d be too exhausted to function the next day if I dreamed about THAT all night! 😀

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:18 | Reply

  12. Wow, I wished my dreams were as vivid as yours, Judith. Most of the times, I only remember bits and pieces, seldom do I remember a complete scene. My heroine and hero in my first book came from my dreams. I had repeatedly dreamed of them, and when I brought them to life on paper, their story began to foster. The rest of my main characters came from ‘day dreams’. Haha, I probably just painted a not so productive picture of myself, but what can I say, I’m just a dreamer–a hopeless romantic one at that. LOL! Thanks for sharing. It’s always an inspiration to learn about authors and people in general. Smiles–

    Comment by Shaw — October 13, 2010 @ 10:57 | Reply

    • You see, almost all of you say you dream but not to the same degree that I do. I wish you could experience. The images are so like a real like movie waltzing through the night. Now don’t get me wrong, Shaw, I still daydream about them when I’m awake. I’m just like you–a totally hopeless romantic who lives in a castle in the sky! I love it too.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:32 | Reply

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  14. Hi Judith,

    I too have vivid dreams and a few turn into stories. Some are just too weird though. Hubby has a lot of fun laughing over them. I love your stories and need to get The Wraith’s Forest out to read again.

    Comment by Linda LaRoque — October 13, 2010 @ 12:14 | Reply

    • Wasn’t that such a wonderful story? I know I wrote it but I just loved that story. Thanks Linda!

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 12:33 | Reply

  15. Everytime I think I’m alone in my weirdness, someone comes along and offers me a little company and suddenly I feel less wierd. Thanks for traveling my way Judith.

    I use my dreamspace to breakthrough my writer’s block. When I can’t get a scene out on paper, I find that quiet place on the recliner or on the floor beside my bed (don’t ask why I can’t dream in bed because I don’t know. Told you I was wierd.)and I dream out the scene that I was struggling with. I think I’m one of the rare breed of species that can actually plan or dare I say “plot” out what I want to dream about.

    Ok I’m probably scaring Judith so I’ll end this little post at that. I too am a dream writer. Should I seek therapy?

    Comment by Cornelle — October 13, 2010 @ 13:17 | Reply

    • Naw, I like you just the way you are. I think about the new movie Inception and they way they described it. I don’t walk in other people’s dreams, but I walk through mine. No, I can dream just fine in my own bed. And no, I really don’t think you’re weird. See like kinds attract!! 😀

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 13, 2010 @ 13:29 | Reply

  16. We all dream of course, but we don’t remember all our dreams. I dreamt about a girl being found unconscious on a road and used it in my Regency novel, Rules of Conduct.

    Comment by Maggi Andersen — October 13, 2010 @ 15:49 | Reply

    • No, we don’t. I remember the ones which leave the strongest impressions. I’m excited that you put your dream into a book too. Thanks for stopping by and I love your website.

      Comment by Jadette — October 13, 2010 @ 16:01 | Reply

  17. I dream, but my dreams are very anxiety focused – about myself, so I see no stories there. I envy you.

    Comment by pam champagne — October 13, 2010 @ 16:09 | Reply

    • Hi Pam! Thanks for stopping by. With some of the more horrid dreams, I wish I didn’t have any night visions. Too scary to even consider.

      Comment by Judith — October 13, 2010 @ 16:36 | Reply

  18. I find this very Interesting & Fascinating. I always wondered whether or not if many authors have actually developed ideas, plots & characters from a dream. Also, I was always curious to find out what certain dreams mean. Someday, I may research that if I’m not involved in a million projects. Very Nice!

    Comment by Geri Ahearn — October 13, 2010 @ 16:24 | Reply

    • Geri!! You came by! I’m so glad to see you. If and when you do, check out Lady Stearn Robinson’s The Dream Dictionary. All the meanings are based on the ancient oracles. I love that book!

      Comment by Judith — October 13, 2010 @ 16:38 | Reply

  19. My book, Gemini Rising came from a dream as did my second book, due out this winter, A Shadow of Time. My dreams are always very vivid and colorful. Of course, sometimes that’s not so great, especially during the scary ones.

    That said, I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t dream so much. Gotta clear out the subconscious or risk brain constipation.


    Comment by Louann Carroll — October 13, 2010 @ 18:45 | Reply

    • Aha! See I knew there had to be someone out there who is like me! Nice to meet you, Louann. Oh, I agree totally! Thanks for stopping by, love.

      Comment by Judith — October 14, 2010 @ 01:02 | Reply

  20. I used to be able to remember my dreams, but rarely can these days. Maybe they just aren’t as interesting as they used to be. 🙂

    When plotting a book, however, I do have to daydream, so to speak, so I can envision how characters look, the settings, scenes, etc.

    Dreams in the comforting light of day are so much better, anyway! LOL

    Comment by Miss Mae — October 14, 2010 @ 07:04 | Reply

    • Absolutely. I much prefer those types of dreams too. Thanks, Miss Mae for stopping by.

      Comment by Judith Leger — October 14, 2010 @ 09:11 | Reply

  21. Very cool. Personally, I rarely remember my dreams–unless they’re scary. But I do often think about my book or get ideas for books right BEFORE I fall asleep. 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer Shirk — October 14, 2010 @ 11:44 | Reply

  22. YES, I’ve used snippets of dreams I’ve had over the years in my poetry, songs and short fiction. Actually I have a full length novel I wrote and submitted that elaborates on a dream I had when I was in my twenties when I was pursuing my acting/dance career. I think dreams give us insight to who we are , a real /carnal desires and hopes. Great post Judith!

    Comment by kd — October 14, 2010 @ 16:53 | Reply

    • Hey, Kandie

      I agree. They open the doors in our minds and leads us through world we’d never imagine awake. Thanks so much for stopping by! Love ya!

      Comment by Judith — October 14, 2010 @ 17:08 | Reply

  23. Hi, Judith, I’ve written stories that I dreamed about before. 🙂

    Comment by Laura — October 20, 2010 @ 00:36 | Reply

  24. The novel I am writing is based on a dream I had when on a high-school class-trip. It’s still very much a work-in-progress. The fact that I dreamt it in its entirty is both a boon and a bane. Whatever I write doesn’t measure up to the perfection that was that dream. So I’m still working up the perspiration to that long-ago (more than a decade)inspiration.

    Comment by P.S. Raakhee — October 20, 2010 @ 08:10 | Reply

  25. Judith, definately! I even had one here about 2 weeks ago, about a character that I had to add to my newest book, which is at the editors! I added her and even my editor said it was a good choice to do so.

    Comment by Marc — March 16, 2011 @ 06:53 | Reply

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