Finding my Stories in Dreams

M.V. Freeman is here today on M.V. is a best selling author of Romance and Urban Fantasy and a fellow author from the Aponte Literary Agency. When she told me she wanted to talk about her inspiration coming from dreams, I was excited. Welcome M.V. Freeman!


I have been invited today to be on Ariel’s blog and I must say, I’m excited and nervous. It’s like going to a new school for the first time—do I have my hair just right? Did I pick the right clothes?  You’ll just have to ignore the spinach in my teeth…

Today I’m going to talk about where my stories come from—my dreams. How about you, do you remember your dreams? Do you want to?

I’ve always dreamed.

I can remember dreams I had as a child, some scary, some funny. One of my recurring ones from childhood involved a fire and vampires biting people; I haven’t had it in years, but it is still vivid. The fear associated with it is gone, but I am amused by it; even back then my mind pointed me toward paranormal. The older I get the less I remember so I have started a dream journal to retain some of them. Sometimes my dreams make no sense—Once I dreamed of mashed potatoes –I must’ve been hungry.

Many times, my dreams are a basis of most of my stories. It can be thought, mood, character, or situation. Every once in a blue moon I get a set up for a story—complete with plot, motivation and populated by characters–I take them for what they are – a gift.
I used to hate to dream, because many times they were scary, but once I began to acknowledge my dreams they changed. They became helpful. I find it interesting how the subconscious is there for us—we just have to learn to tap into it and once you do, it begins to work for you. I find if you ignore it—then it does like most neglected things–it becomes a problem (like the bad dreams).

I’d like to say I have all sorts of methods I can share to get your dreams to work for you—but I don’t. I’ve taken classes by Kelly L. Stone (who has a fabulous one about awakening your muse) and Margie Lawson (Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors)—both address ways to tap into your subconscious. I highly recommend them for specific techniques.

For me, I usually relax and let my mind do the work. I show up (go to sleep) and write down my dreams when I awake (even before I leave my bed)—I admit sometimes I cannot read my writing, but the essence is still there. I don’t remember all of my dreams. When I am anxious or stressed I tend to not want to recall my dreams because they are filled with disturbing things so I choose to forget them. When I am relaxed things are better—this is when I see more unfold, in vivid color, scents, and sounds. It is like my own personal cinema.

Do you dream in color? I know a few people who only dream in black, white, and grey. The only time I’ve ever dreamed these shades was during a time I was working at a day-job which was making me deeply unhappy. I am not a dream specialist or psychologist, but I extrapolated that my situation was affecting me; I changed jobs and the color came back.

The dreams I love are the ones with the fantastical—I dreamed of dragons in flight, of a man who could control lightening (this became the basis of my first book Incandescent), in another I dreamed of someone coming back to life….

How about you? Do you try to remember your dreams?

I am an intense dreamer. If a dream really strikes me I try to tell it to someone or to write it down so I remember it. I don’t usually write about them, but I feel my dreams are a strong and clear reflection of my brain’s jumbled reckoning with daily life and emotions. I agree that is important to face ones dreams and to see them as a helpful tool for processing. Great thoughts M.V. and insight into how you find inspiration.

Thank you Ariel for having me!

Thanks for joining me. I look forward to your future writing.

Author Bio: M.V. Freeman is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Romance, with a love of strong coffee and cream for late night writing. She adores dark stories with anti-heroes and determined heroines. She’s represented by Victoria Lea, from Aponte Literary Agency.  When she is not writing, she’s reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.

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8 thoughts on “Finding my Stories in Dreams

  1. Well, I am not a writer, but I am an “intense dreamer”. I dream always in color…and I know this, because when I am describing the dream to someone the next day (or at least, TRYING to describe it) without realizing it, I mention the red car or the blue blouse… Over the years, I realized that once I was fully awake, I remembered little of the details of the dream. Now I keep a pad of paper on my nightstand, with a writing implement, and have learned to write quite well in the dark, so that I don’t wake my husband. I have some recurring dreams – usually not scary but typically stressful. I am ALWAYS trying to get somewhere on time and never quite make it – I run in slo-mo or I can’t remember what street to cross, etc. In real life I am quite punctual, so the lateness disturbs me. Unfortunately there are many times that my dreams are a premonition of something in real life. Most of the time it’s fun stuff (I predicted three pregnancies and one of the women herself did not know she was pregnant until several weeks after I told her I dreamed it! Since it was #3 for her, she was unhappy with me! ha!) But I have out of the blue, dreamed about someone I hadn’t thought about in a very long time – no one had mentioned this person in passing conversation, but the dream was usually some random mention of the person. When I have reached out to find the person in real life, they are always going through some turmoil, or they pass away soon after my dream. I wish those were the ones I would forget!

    Anyway – I am a friend of Ariel and her family, and have enjoyed the journey thus far. Looking forward to the publication this summer. MV – I very much enjoyed your post.

  2. Great article, M.V. I wish I could tap into my dreams for inspiration! For some reason, it only works for me with my dayjob/science brain. I do keep pen and paper on my nightstand for when I dream up an idea for a new experiment or research direction, but I’ve never had a plot bunny or character pop up in my dreams. Maybe I’ll look into some of those channeling-your-subconscious techniques you and D.T. mentioned…

    I do seem to find flashes of inspiration for fiction in daydreams, though 🙂

    • D.B.,
      I think day dreams are just as important–! And having a pen and paper is imperative–I’ have a tendency to forget paper–it’s not unknown that I write some things on my arm…. 🙂 But I like how you solve something using a dream–my husband does that with math problems!

  3. We should start a new group, the Twilight Zoners. Wrote about this subject myself a couple months back. Two stories I’ve written, were directly based on a dream. Love the mashed potatoes memory. It’s not uncommon for me to be looking for a men’s room in a dream.

    The advice I give to those who wish to sift for inspiration from the cognitive vapors of Twilight Zoning, don’t be in such a rush to rejoin the real world upon awakening. Let the conscious mind dwell in the fog a few moments, see what jewels sparkle in the mist of craziness swirling in your head. From what I’ve read here, you already sound like a pro. Great article, MV.

    • Thanks D.T.!
      I had to chuckle about your reference to finding the bathroom.. I do the same. Why do we do this I wonder?
      I agree-dwell in that fog if you can before you awake–good things happen! 🙂

  4. I’ve often gotten book plots and amazing characters from my dreams — even the scary ones! I’ve never dreamed in black and white that I remember, but I do dream in Italian sometimes (I took three semesters of it in college) and I often find myself typing my dreams while I’m dreaming (not literally, but I can see my dream and a keyboard while I’m dreaming and I see myself type as I dream). 😀

    • Moonestone Maiden–
      This is awesome! I can totally relate! I love that you sometimes dream in Italian, this fascinates me.
      As for dreaming/typing–ah! we are writers for sure!

  5. Thank you Ariel,
    This was very fun–and I like how you phrase that you are an “intense dreamer”– one day I need to take a poll to find out how many writers dream, and how vivid the dreams are. I would love to find out.

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