Can You Dream Up a Book?

I’ve tried before to take the basic events of a dream (my own or someone else’s that they described to me) and make a story out of it. The challenge is in taking “dream logic” (which frequently makes sense only in the context of the dream) and translating it to a believable story without using some kind of “dream” trope.

The products of the sleeping mind can serve up useful seeds, or reshuffle existing story data to give you the “Aha!” moment you’ve been waiting for, but the subconscious isn’t exactly famous for comprehensibility. At least, that’s my experience.

Can dreams be useful in getting to new story ideas? What do you think?

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