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How to Write an Effective Dream Sequence

Updated on December 5, 2014

An Example

Let’s start with an example, and since I’m a masochist by nature, let’s start with a dream sequence from the novel I am currently writing….Shadows Kill:

My sleep was restless that night. I was being chased in a dream, but I couldn’t see the face of my pursuer. He was darkness upon darkness, a shadow man, barely visible each time I turned to look at him. I raced through the woods, my heart exploding in my chest, my breath raspy and strained, sweat pouring from my brow. I knew there was no point in running, that being caught was inevitable, and finally I tripped over a tree root and fell hard to the ground. Turning over, I saw the Shadow Man standing over me, and his shadow formed a smile, dark teeth in a dark mouth.

“It won’t be that easy, Eli,” he said. “Now is not the time.”

There was a pounding in the distance, muffled at first but gradually growing louder. I looked right, left, and the trees seemed to close ranks and move nearer, but the source of the pounding was lost to me.

I awoke drenched in sweat. Someone was pounding on my front door.

Using dreams to explore psyches is a very creative approach
Using dreams to explore psyches is a very creative approach | Source

And Later in the Book

I was visited again in my sleep by the Shadow Man. I was in a bedroom, engulfed by a darkness. There was a bed, and a woman sleeping, and leaning over her, Evil raised an arm, a knife in his hands, gleaming where light was absent, impossible and yet so real. The woman’s eyes were open, and fear was evident, but she could not scream. As the knife plunged downward, he who embraces pain looked at me and smiled, lips peeled back exposing his teeth, eyes laughing at my impotence.

“Not yet, Eli,” he said. “But soon.”

And Still Later in the Book

My dad was yelling at me to wake up. “Only twenty-four more hours, Eli; you don’t have time to sleep. Wake up, son! Wake up, and follow me.”

I was in bed¸ a bed sitting at the edge of a cliff, and my father stood in midair thirty feet away. He was waving his arm, imploring me to follow him. “Jesus H. Christ, Eli, you’ll sleep your life away. I need you awake now, Eli. We’ve got to catch that bastard before he kills again. Get up now, son.”

I struggled to a sitting position and then swung my legs over the side of the bed, but there was no floor, only what seemed to be a bottomless chasm just below my feet. My father couldn’t seem to understand why I wasn’t following him. The frustration was evident on his face, his arm waving a come along, and finally he turned his back on me and started walking away. I hollered for him to wait, but he just shook his head and kept walking, leaving me frozen in place, unsure how to proceed.

The phone brought me out of it. I had drenched my t-shirt during the nightmare, and my mouth tasted like ten miles of unpaved road as I went into the other room to put an end to the incessant ringing.

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Without knowing your characters intimately, you can never write an effective dream sequence
Without knowing your characters intimately, you can never write an effective dream sequence | Source

So, How Do You Write a Dream Sequence?

Obviously, I’m a big fan of them, because I have three dreams in this novel, but I was originally hesitant to use a dream sequence because of the horrors I had read in the past. If I couldn’t write one that was necessary to the story then I wouldn’t write one, and if I couldn’t write one that was of high quality, I didn’t want to bother. Time will tell whether I achieved what I set out to achieve.

There are four things to consider when writing a dream sequence:

  • You must know your character
  • What are the events surrounding the dream
  • What is the current internal conflict
  • What is the symbolism of the dream

Let’s take a look at each of these.

KNOW YOUR CHARACTER

I don’t think you can write an effective dream sequence without first knowing your main character intimately. You must know how his/her mind works? You must know what frightens them, brings them joy, and angers them. Why?

If you know your main characters as though they were real people, then you’ll know how they are likely to respond to stimuli, which is really what a dream is….a response to the events of one’s life….you will also know how a dream is likely to affect them

EVENTS SURROUNDING THE DREAM

This is for context, to help the readers understand what is going on, but the events also will, most likely, shape the dream. Otherwise, why would you even bother writing a dream sequence?

In my three examples above, I did not randomly toss in dreams to increase my word count. I chose times of intense struggle for the main character, and the readers are fully aware of that struggle by the time he dreams once again. Thus, they are along for the ride, and they know why my character is dreaming.

CURRENT INTERNAL CONFLICT

I guess, if you were writing a feel-good book, your character might have a happy dream, but most often, in literature, dreams are a sign of internal conflict. In other words, we already know what’s happening in the story, the events that lead up to the dream, but we also need to know how those events are making the character struggle. Are his guts churning with tension? Is he scared out of his wits?

SYMBOLISM

Finally, in order for a dream sequence to realize its full potential, it must symbolize something. In my examples above, the dreams may symbolize death….they may symbolize evil….the reader can decide what the true symbolism is as they progress through the book, but they will only be able to do that if I’ve supplied the first three stepping stones mentioned above.

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Now You Know How to Do It

And that means all you have to do now is…..do it!

How many dreams should you use in a novel? The answer to that question can only be given by you, the author. I’ve seen novels with five or more dreams included. I’ve seen novels with only one, and naturally there are many novels where you won’t find dreams at all.

Dream sequences are not easy to write well, but if you manage to do so, they are highly effective. This is another literary tool that can raise your game to a new level if you are willing to give it a try.

Are you willing?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure SherriDW. Thank you for stopping by.

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      SherriDW 2 years ago

      This sounds like a book I might like to read, thanks for the preview and a great lesson as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I would have an endless supply of writing prompts if I could remember mine too. :) Happy New Year, Deb!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Those were mighty powerful dreams that kept me on the edge of my seat…I wish I could remember mine!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dan! I appreciate your kind words. Good luck with blogging.

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      Dan 2 years ago

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Foge. Thank you!

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      Foge 2 years ago

      This is a neat suyrmma. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I'm the exact opposite. I know I dream, but I never remember them. I think I'm missing out on a whole lot of entertainment. I feel cheated. :) As always, it is my pleasure kicking you in the butt, so don't mention it. :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro...I'm huge on dream-study and importance. I swear, I dream every night of my life.....and even if I take a nap during the day. I used to jot things down 1st thing upon awakening. I got out of the habit and I don't even recall why.

      Great article as always. You've kick-started my lazy butt again. I wish you'd stop that!.......UP+++ Pinned & Tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Mary, I have no doubt that you can. The thing about dream sequences is that we can all relate, and that's what we want our readers to do, isn't it? Relate to our story? Carry on my friend. I look forward to your response.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Sensei you always push the limits. I never dreamed of writing about a dream sequence but now you have piqued my interest.

      I've had many dreams, who hasn't, but at one time I had recurring dreams and they were none to pleasant. I wonder if I can work them into a dream sequence? I'm certainly willing to try.

      Voted all but funny and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, no, it is not an easy thing to do. Thus, we see so few of them in fiction today. But when they are done well, they are quite effective.

      I appreciate you stopping by twice today. Thank you!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I'm quite sure I've never written a dream sequence in my work. Realisation hits, dreaming is a part of life, dreams we should heed and interpret in meaning to every day life. Not always easy but something for the reader to figure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, i agree completely, Zulma. I was just being silly. Someone once told me that the most dangerous real estate in the world is the six inches between my ears. LOL He may have been correct in that statement. Have a great day in the UK.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      But Bill if we don't plumb the depths of our psyches, how can we create characters that are believable, that others can identify with? If I've learned nothing else in my travels in this world, I've learned that people are more alike than they are different.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, why not indeed. I'm not so sure I'd wouldn't be terrified to plumb the depths of my psyche, but more power to you. ;) Thank you and enjoy your Tuesday.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think most people forget their dreams. They may remember the gist of it but the details, like early morning fog, dissipate when the sun has fully risen. That's why I keep a notebook and pen next to my bed. As soon as I wake but not fully conscious, I write down my dreams. When I read them later they offer insight into what's going on in my life. Sometimes they provide information I can use to flesh out characters and situations.

      I take inspiration wherever I find it, so why not plumb the depths of my own psyche.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. The last book is available on Amazon...."Resurrecting Tobias"....I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the one I'm working on now, but I'll let everyone know.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I think they are a very effective writing tool.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Well done. At some future point when the book is complete and on the market, I hope you return to update these hubs with links to purchasing information. You're building such a great library here, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I didn't suspect any disrespect, and I did find it funny. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Dreams mean so many things and writing about them is a great idea. Great examples and helpful tips.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      You know that I meant no disrespect, It seemed funny at the time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, vkwok, and thank you.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      I have no desire to write a dream sequence, but if I did have one, I would just use one of PBO's speeches. Oh, that would be a nightmare sequence.

      Sorry.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the tips, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John. I love that you have dreams written down. I'll be, when the muse joins you, that you can incorporate them into a short story. You certainly are creative enough to do a bang-up job on it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Glimmer. That is a very sweet thing for you to say.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Iris. I've read some really bad ones in novels. They were obviously forced and left me wondering why the author even bothered.

      Have a restful Sunday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Audrey. Now, if I could only remember mine! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have no clue what those dreams mean, but I'll be laughing the rest of the day about the Sumo wrestler chasing you. LOL Thanks for sharing that one...it's a classic.

      Thanks for always being here. You are appreciated.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. I don't see how it would work with the articles you write, and that's okay. You do a fine job without worrying about incorporating dreams.

      Have a great weekend, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Frank. I think you could do a smashing job of it in one of your short stories. Good luck, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting dream, Venkatachari M. I wonder what it means? Well, at least you wake up from it. :) Thank you, sir!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a great topic Bill. I find dream sequences to be very successful in developing the suspense in a story. I have never used one before but I intend to. I used to have a notebook beside my bed and record my dreams as soon as I woke. I probably have a dozen or so written down though I doubt I could ever incorporate them into a story...maybe an article or essay on dreams and interpretation. This was another great teaser for your new book....I hope it is published. It is the genre I read most often.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Even though I'm probably never going to use some of the information you write about on HP, including this hub, I always love reading your articles because I learn something new.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I've always been a fan of the dream sequence (when it's done well). Like you said, sometimes they leave me asking "why?". I really do like yours. They aren't clunky at all. They feel natural, not forced. I'm looking forward to reading these within the context of the new book.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I think dreams are full of symbolism, so it makes sense to include here--very useful Bill!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dream sequences are very interesting in a story and add a lot, but they sure do have to be done well to add much to the storyline.

      I wish I could remember my dreams, for when I wake up during the night, I will think, "Oh, that is interesting!" and then not remember one thing about it the next morning.

      It is so strange that during my lifetime I can only remember two dreams, and one was during my childhood, and who knows from where this came ...but I was in my best friend's backyard on a hill up near her house and then started running because a Sumo wrestler (LOL) was chasing me and, of course, I could only run in slow motion. He never caught me, but it was a recurring dream? Eeks ... I kid you not, so strange to say the least.

      The other one was I entered a completely pitch black room with a bright blue comfy looking chair right in the center of the room, with a brilliant light beaming down on just the chair. Wonder what that means?

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I know this is difficult, bill. I've tried a few times and failed; my inner critic knew it was a no-no on re-reading each one!

      However, I've used dream sequences when teaching, as a prompt for finishing the sequence of what happens, so maybe I should develop it from there. Ok, ok, I can hear what you're going to say! I'll have a go!

      Great idea. I've come to the end of reading a whole load of books for my book club so now it's time to finish 'Resurrecting Tobias', well overdue.

      Then I'll be able to read 'Shadows Kill' when it's out.

      You give us all tuition, inspiration and encouragement. You truly to help us to 'spread our wings and fly'. Thank you, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doris, thank you very much. You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can't take the classroom out of the teacher....or something like that. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, no, I haven't experienced that, but it does sound frightening. I'm impressed you've tried a dream sequence in writing after that experience. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. I'll have to go back and take a look at it.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I think this would be difficult for me, I'm just not that creative. And I never, ever remember my dreams so I have nothing to go on. I remember as a kid that I used to remember my dreams but not anymore. Makes me wonder why? You clearly have a knack for this. Have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      i would love to gibe a dream sequence another go I did it once.. but now I think I can do it a little better thank you for the information :)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and exciting. I also see dreams mostly wandering in dirty, horrific lanes and caves and hills searching for my destination. But I am accustomed now to such dreams and my terror decreased. Each time, when I think that it is enough and now I should return, I wake up and find it is morning.

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      Cat on a Soapbox 2 years ago

      Bill, The world needs more teachers like you! Doris has expressed my thoughts exactly in her praise, so I will leave it at that and say

      "thanks."

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      I love great teachers, and you are one. Your explanations are so clear and stated in a simplistic manner so all can grasp the ideas. I love the fact that you included the section on symbolism. All great writing has to have more than one level of thought and sometimes that is hard to teach. Fantastic hub. I love it. ...Voted up.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Bill

      I've only used a dream in one of my stories so far. I have had some difficulty with them as I myself dream so vividly that sometimes it is frightening. Have you ever dreamed you are dreaming and waking up from a nightmare only to realize that you are only dreaming you are awake but unable to arouse yourself into consciousness? It is what's called a double nightmare and it's a horrible experience. Good job on the hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I did write about my dream, it's still listed in my work. You must go back two years to read it. The title, ' A persistent dream, A poem...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I wish I could remember dreams. I have to rely on my creativity to make them up. It would be nice to wake up in the morning and have a story waiting for me. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend, and be on the lookout for angels flying your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you've got a great short story waiting to be told based on that recurring dream of yours, and I can't wait to read it.

      Have a great weekend, my friend, and thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      My dreams are so crazy and mixed-up. I have a reoccurring dream, I'm on a dirt road, driving in muddy ruts, I'm lost and looking for the hospital where I work, sometimes I find it but can't open the door, once I got in and was carrying a bucket of blood to the lab. I told this to a friend and he said, " My god you're nuts. " Hee. He's probably right. lol. Great article. I might attempt to write a dream sequence, just for fun...

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Perhaps I should work some of my 'real' dreams into a story...although I am not a fiction writer so maybe I will tell all in a dream sequence.

      You of course have given us much to consider which is a definite plus.

      So glad I stopped by today

      Many Angels are on the way to you ps :D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I think they are fun to write, but what the hell do I know? LOL Blood galore, the more the merrier!

      Thanks dear friend. Happy weekend to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie. My dreams are never remembered, but that doesn't mean I can't "dream" some up for my characters. :)

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great information, Bill. I have already incorporated several dream

      sequences. I actually found a freedom to be as horrifying as I wanted

      or to be fanciful. Different dreams for different people.

      But, was it really a dream? There's blood!

      Maybe, it was not a dream at all! :-)

      DJ.

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      Russ Inserra 2 years ago from Indianapolis, In

      Thanks, bill...and Heidi.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It would be very hard for me to write one of these; I have never even given thought to. Perhaps because my dreams are so incomplete and choppy; unlike yours. ^+

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you can do an article called "Nightmare Sequences in Marketing." It will go viral. :)

      Happy weekend to you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it's good to know I'm not the only one who can't remember dreams. Misery loves company in this case. :) Good luck writing a dream sequence...if you do one, send it to me so I can see it....please. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, great idea. Hopefully I'll find the time to do it, or you can do it and I'll happily applaud you from a distance. I heard that we only dream on things based upon reality. In other words, we can't dream about something we've never experienced. I'm not sure I buy that, but since I can't remember my dreams, what do I know? LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, I wish I could remember my dreams. I always feel cheated when I wake up and I can't grab them back.

      Oh well, dream away my friend, and thanks!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Well, let's see... I write about business stuff. So while I might not be writing about dreams, I can sure write some nightmare sequences when it comes to marketing. Happy Weekend!

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I didn't realize it, but I've never actually written a dream sequence...This is definitely something that I want to try. I find the study of dreams fascinating but I'm also one of those people who never can remember their own dreams. I have a fantasy that I have a great dream, wake up and grab my notebook...best seller! Okay, that hasn't happened yet, so I should probably reset my goal to just trying my hand at a dream sequence!

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love this. The topic of dreams in any contest is fascinating to me. I wrote a dream sequence awhile back but can't think which hub it was or if it from something else. Anyway, I had a therpist tell me on ce that my bad dreams were my mind trying to work through a struggle and that it was in fact a good thing to some extent. That is not always the case, but often is.

      Dreams are so weird, but I love dreaming and should I write more fiction, it certainly would be worthwhile to work out my conflict in the article through a dream.

      Hey, how about a writing challenge: Write a dream sequence. The writer could add commentary before to set up the dream that is coming, and add sine after the dream to see how it affected the character. It could also be real life. It could be in a short story or flash fiction or even in poetry. Just a thought. I will get started on mine tonight. Let's call it "The Dream Challenge" or something similar.

      PS I still have a couple of other writing challenges I just can't seem to find time to finish.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My dreams are so incoherent and absurd with their nonsensical ebb and flow that I wouldn't, ah...dream of using them in a story.

      But fictional dreams can be very useful in a story, and I like your techniques, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. I do think this technique can be overused, or used when not necessary. However, there are times it can be quite effective, most often when there is emotional turmoil in the story.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great description of the requirements, and neat examples, of course. Now I have a starting point, if this becomes a useful technique. Thank you, again, Bill! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo, and I'm glad my timing is so good. As for the book, it may never be read. I'm not going to publish it as an ebook, or print on demand. It will either make it in the traditional publishing world or it will languish on my computer. :)

      Have a great weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, this is timely for me, I'm currently writing a dream sequence where the heroine wakes up, but she is floating in mid air, beneath her, a very fit medic is pounding on the chest of a woman who looks remarkably like her. The rest of the story? well... you'll just have to find out later, if I ever finish it.

      Thank you again for this, you are a wonderful mind reader.:) This book of yours is looking goooood.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I don't remember my dreams. I wish I did because I know I've had some good ones. Good luck with your writing exercises. I hope you enjoy the process.

      Thanks my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you are right on of course, and your summation of my story dreams is also very accurate. I'm glad you mentioned that because that's exactly what I wanted the reader to feel from those dreams. Thank you my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think I will write a few as this looks like great practice for improving writing skills. But I am not writing about my dreams as that may trigger some deep psychological mishap.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great article and use of the unconsciousness. The mind is so powerful. In the world of psychology dreams are messages that the unconscious mind is trying to relay to the conscious mind. Most certainly in times of internal struggle that the mind can only attempt to resolve in sleep. Thank you for offering how to use a dream sequence and can really see that I will use this concept in my own writing as it adds value. Also, just for fun, in your characters dream without knowing the whole story I see overwhelming helplessness, an inability to escape, a sense of being trapped and of course the darkness suggesting death. Can't wait to read the final copy!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Sha, but when done by a very good writer, it is a wonderful tool that adds to the story. Hopefully one day I'll master this.

      Thanks my friend and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Real dreams are so hard to put down on paper because they change venue in the blink of an eye. At least my dreams do.

      It certainly would be a challenge to make the pen keep up with the motion of a dream and explain it in detail that makes sense to the reader. My dreams are usually pretty complex.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, DDE. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Breakfastpop, I know I dream, but I never remember mine, and it's such a disappointment in the morning. LOL Oh well, I'm glad you do, and I'm glad you are here. Happy Weekend to you my friend, and thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea! I never thought about it. An excellent hub and I learned something new.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I have to say that my dreams are like short plays or novels. The detail is absolutely incredible and so are the plots. I should begin to write them down and use them for inspiration along with your great advice. Up, useful and awesome.