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When Dreams Become Novels | Author Olivia Boler

Author Olivia Boler

writing is fun
October 16th, 2012 by Olivia Boler

When Dreams Become Novels

So, I had this dream the other night. Actually, it was in the morning right before I woke up. Those are the dreams I tend to remember, not the ones buried deep in the night. This dream was pretty vivid, and creepy, probably because of all the Halloween spookiness that’s been going on. But it was like a little story with a main character and supporting characters, and mysterious circumstances and something to be overcome. When I woke up, I reached for my notebook and wrote down, quite neatly, I might add, everything I could remember. I had in mind the well-known story about Stephenie Meyer. She woke up from a dream that she’d had about a girl and a vampire. After getting her chores done for the morning, she went to her computer and typed it into a document so she wouldn’t forget it. Later on, she went back to it, and she kept writing in her spare time until she had the first draft of what would become the first novel in the Twilight series.

There are so many dreams I just let go of, that are weird or stressful, or clearly a replay of whatever I watched on TV or a conversation I had the day before. But this one seemed worth pursuing. Will I actually write a novel based on it? The idea is kind of overwhelming right now. Maybe a short story, or a poem first…or a runaway bestseller. I can dream, right?

I used to dream of ponies

I used to dream about ponies


6 Responses to “When Dreams Become Novels”
  1. Sara S. says

    Go for it! There are characters in your head that are trying to get out!

    (And, YAY! Ponies for everybody!)

  2. Deetje Boler says

    Sounds like she added to it just a bit at a time without framing in her mind what she was doing. Just letting it grow. Maybe you could do that and see what happens?

    • Profile photo of Olivia Boler

      Hi Deetje,
      Yes, that’s the idea. This was a pretty vivid dream that seemed to skip through time, so I think it would take a while to get it all down as a dramatic piece, whether a poem, short story, or novel. Thanks!

  3. I’m with Sara. I say go for it! I love how the mind works. A colleague of mine who writes nonfiction books recently had a very sci-fi dream that she couldn’t shake. She wrote it down because it was so vivid and now might try her hand at a novel. “And I don’t even like sci-fi,” she told me. :) Hope you’re well, lady!!

    • Profile photo of Olivia Boler

      I love that your colleague is going with the flow, even though it’s not her usual flow! Excellent. Hope you’re well…as well!

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