Just checking in on my blog…trying to keep up the motivation to write more often in it….
Last night I watched a movie called “The Ladykillers”, the 1955 version, the original, NOT the remake with Tom Hanks….I forgot who they said wrote it but I remember them introducing the movie by saying that the man who did was suffering from writer’s block, went to bed and dreamed the whole story line for this movie, from beginning to end. This isn’t the first time something like that has happened and it surely won’t be the last. I’m sure everyone knows about the Twilight Saga, whether you like it or not, if you haven’t at least heard the name, you may have been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Well, the writer of this saga, Stephenie Meyer, actually dreamed up the idea for that very saga…She didn’t plan to write a book, didn’t even go to school for that, but nevertheless, the idea came to her in a dream.
This got me to thinking about my own difficulties when it comes to writing….I have been told I am a pretty good writer and I believe, at times, I can be good if the inspiration really hits me but it seems inspiration always hits me at night while I’m sleeping and by the time I am able to reproduce my thoughts to paper or to an online blog, it never quite comes out as good as it first came to me in my dream. Neither am I the only one that knows of this. I have a dear older friend who I worked with on more than one occasion within the past few years who has told me of coming up with her most creative thoughts in her sleep and she has even suggested keeping a notepad next to my bed to record the thoughts. Unfortunately, I have yet to do that, but I really feel like I should. Another woman I know who has children’s books she has written but never gotten published has told me recently that she feels a lot like me when it comes to getting this spark of inspiration and just wanting to write, write, write and then poof, nothing, for awhile…She has also mentioned that she gets her best thoughts in her sleep.
So why is this, I wonder? Why do all creative people seem to get their best thoughts in their sleep? I thought about that a lot last night and the only thing I can surmise is that our minds are constantly going during the day, no matter who you are, it’s constantly busy with all the things we need to do, the things we should do and haven’t done, the things we want to do….and let’s face it, the second we start to daydream for a bit and think on more creative things, our brains tend to steer us away from those thoughts because “Why are you thinking of stories to write when the house needs to be cleaned???? Errands need to be run? You need to do this and do that????”…..So why then is it so much of a surprise that our brains are the most open to creativity when we sleep? For that is the time when we shut off all the things we NEED to do and our body relaxes, we are allowed to freely dream away without fear of our brains reprimanding us for being lazy.
~Sighs~ So that is what I came up with for the reasons why so many writers are inspired by dreams although I am sure there are many other reasons….If only we could have an invention that saves our dreams for us so that we could remember them more easily…I think it would be so much better if I didn’t have to struggle so to remember my dreams….
Question of the week: What inspires you and motivates you to be creative?