Orthodox Meeting in The Catacombs
As a teenager I used to have the same dream over and over again. But – there would be several years between the times I dreamed it, and the dream would change slightly every time I dreamed it. That made the dream more important for me, I felt as if it had something very important to tell me.
I was running, running, running to see some friends in a church. It was a catholic church and there was a service going on. But I walked through all that people, as fast as I could, into the sacristy and down into the catacombs. There were many rooms, and I went through all of them with certainty till I got to the fifth room where the people I was looking for were.
It was a priest and a very little group of men and women, standing up in a circle gaving their own service going on. They were orthodox and had to hide their religion. I don’t know why they were hiding in the catacombs of a catholic church, the catholics knew abut them and gave them the opportunity to hide there. As soon as I met them I felt a piece inside.
Me and the orthodox group knew each other. And every time I went down there to join them we had a chat. I now remember that the reason why I was running to get there was because I was scared to miss them. To see them was important. Then one day… they were gone. After that time I stopped dreaming that dream.
Dreams and Writing
Dreams can be used in many ways within your creative writing. If you remember them. I you don’t, I suggest your start writing them down. If you´re not interested in using them now, maybe you´ll do it in the future. Who knows? It would be a huge lost not to remember them, and not having them written down then. Dreams can:
- tell the characters in your story things about themselves and their lives they would not know in any other way. It can be this they don´t want to know or remember, or things that has something to do with magic, the unknown. Both unexpected information, pictures and feelings can turn up in a dream.
- be a bridge to another world and let you mix different genres in a way that would be impossible otherwise. This is treat in kids or youths book. Just think about the kids that got into Narnia in C.S Lewis books. I cannot imagine that it would be anything else than possible to use the same techniques in a novel for adults.
- be a problem solver – or a problem creator. I mostly use dreams in my writing to give my characters anxiety or other problems. They have to face things they can avoid when awake.
- let you transform monsters, ideas and people into your stories. Because in dreams strange things can turn up that you never could imagine while awake.
Discussion: How do you use your dreams in your writing? Are they a great well of trigging imagination or just something you allow yourself to forget as soon as you left your bed? Do you write your dreams down at a continuous basis? How often are your stories characters dreaming? About what? Could life be a dream?
You can read more about dreams and writing at Writing Effective Dreams, by Robert A. Sloan. I also recommend you to read The New Diary, by Tristine Rainer. You´ll find a great piece about dreams and writing. You´ll also find some great tips about keeping a dream journal at World of Lucid Dreaming.