Do You Dream About Your Story?

When I saw this quote, I immediately felt affected. It was like Neil Gaiman ‘read my mind.’ There are times I have a hard time thinking about something else than my current story. I write in the morning, in the afternoon, and sometimes at night… means, shortly, before I go to sleep. In such a case, I may dream of my story…

Don’t expect too much of my dreams, please. I don’t remember I ever was ‘part’ of my story or found myself to be one of the protagonists. It was more like I watched a scene that I wrote before. I admit, the one or other time I had to correct some view after I woke up – but if I dream of my story (and that doesn’t happen every night), mostly, things might be a bit hazy.

My dreams are not generally the place where I get my ideas from. I think they’re more a reflection of my writing than anything else. But they also inspire me and softly ‘push’ me forward to go to my story and continue writing because that is, what I do, and that is what I want to do.

Of course, I know that Neil Gaiman did not talk about literal dreams… but the book that is in my head, is a story I’m responsible for, a story I can build, a book that can come true, that others can read; a book that may bring joy and smiles to people… and all this is in my hands. I am responsible for.

I love that thought, and that’s why I picked this quote. I think it is a unique, positive thought I would like to hold on and share with you, with readers, with other authors, with friends.

What are your thoughts about this quote? Please share them in the comments.


Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman, (born Neil Richard Gaiman 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films.

His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.

He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. (Source: Wikipedia)


7 thoughts on “Do You Dream About Your Story?

  1. I agree. I don’t necessarily ‘dream’ up a story, but I get ideas from my dreams, which is how the Para-Earth Series came into existence in the first place. However, occasionally me or Helen might dream up a new character who showed up in one of our dreams and was so interesting an individual they had to be turned into a person in writing.

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    1. Now, that’s interesting. I would love to dream about my new characters. Currently, I’ve got too much else on my mind to dream about them… but hopefully, once my life is back on track, it might happen.


  2. My ideas for stories don’t come from my dreams either. However, while I’m writing the story, it is in my mind and almost always comes out in my dreams. Sometimes my characters will do something I had not written. After I awake, if I can remember the dream long enough, I might add it to my story.

    Good subject. And yes, my stores are dreams I hold in my hand in the sense that it’s a dreamworld that has come true I often live in. Hope my readers think my stories are dreams they hold in their hands too. 🙂

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  3. The primary reason we dream is to fulfil our wishes. To dream about your story is the long motivation you hang on & desperately seek it to get it done. Keep visioning in the day & dream it at night. Because your day consciously or unconsciously will be repeated during dreams.
    Make it a reality. Thanks for your thoughts.

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