Before I was even properly awake this morning, I sat bolt upright, reached for my phone, slammed back down, wrote a note inspired by a dream I was having that I (surprisingly) don’t even remember, shoved my phone back on the bedside table and fell back asleep immediately.
I wouldn’t have even believed it really happened if not for checking my notes folder when I woke up properly, and sure enough there’s this weird little story about an old lady meeting a friend for lunch in the park suddenly there. There’s more idea behind what I’ve written, and I think it could actually become a nice little short story, but I don’t want to give too much away 😉
I suppose I should thank my half awake self, again! The novel (or, bits of a long story not edited or finished yet) I’m currently working on was also inspired by a dream I was having that was very intense and complex for a dream – none of those stupid reasons for things, or bizarre time hops, it all happened very linearly and was completely understandable.
I’m not too sold on the whole “get a story from a dream” formula though, what with the only other author I’ve heard of using it being Stephanie Meyer. I’m positive there have been more, obviously we’re not the only 2 in the world, that would be endlessly strange. Twilight though, argue what you will about it being written terribly by way of grammar and story structure, the ideas being unoriginal / stupid / sickly / unreal / boring, whatever, (all of which I agree with, though I did read them all 3 years ago and I may have actually enjoyed them regardless of all that) because that Stephanie Meyer is sitting on a very pretty sum of money while all of us moaning about her who haven’t published anything are sitting around without any profit from book writing. So, there’s that.
I’ve gone completely off topic with a little spiel about Twilight, so I’m going to wrap it up with some advice I was given and what I’ve heard repeatedly since: keep a pad and paper, or your phone if it has a ‘note writing’ app next to your bed at all times. The best ideas can come at any time, and for me (like a lot of people) they’ll come right before you’re about to sleep at night or right as you’re waking up, and if you don’t seize that pen or grab that phone – trust me, you’ll have forgotten it by next morning!
Same goes for being out in town, if you see something interesting that inspires you whether it’s a funny character, an interesting conversation you overhear, a fight you witness, the way a bus driver communicates with passengers – it doesn’t matter, write it all down if you think it’s something you want to use in a story. If you don’t you’ll never remember it properly! Especially without any practice.
I have my special writing pads I like to put stuff in, here’s them:
And that pen? Yeah it’s become the pen. I can’t put down any ideas lately unless it’s written with that pen, which was a lovely present from my boyfriend’s mum the Christmas before last, it’s come in very handy – thank you!
Do any of you guys have any writing secrets or routines? Can you only put certain ideas down in certain books or pads, with only specific pens? Do you prefer your phone? Or are you the type who can write on anything, anywhere, with anything just so long as you get it down?
Comment below I’d love to know!