Here is a list of 8 writer dreams and nightmares:
- Author Fame. This is the standard dream for any writer. In this type of dream you are enjoying the glitz and glamour of your new-found literary stardom. Your agent and publishing team are all like BFFs to you, everything is harmonious, you are sipping champagne, whilst lounging in a hot tub and savouring the fact that social media is buzzing about when your book is being turned into a film. You wake from this dream feeling a little bit sweaty and you have a huge smile plastered across your face. The smile evaporates as soon as you realise that it was all a dream and your novel is sadly still a draft…with many months of rewriting and editing needed to turn it into something half decent. Cue your grumpy mood for the rest of the day!
- Hot Character Dream. This can be a pleasurable dream for a writer. It is where that special fictional character of yours whisks you away to a far away place and you spend some quality time together. You wake from this dream feeling a little bit sweaty and once again, you have a huge smile plastered across your face. The smile goes pretty quickly, once you realise you are not on some tropical beach or in a handsome Vampire’s castle but in bed listening to your loved one yell about missing their alarm and having no ironed work shirts. Sigh!
- Living Inside Your Novel. This is the dream where you live inside your novel. Basically you become a character and act out your story. It can be a pleasurable dream although it can turn into a nightmare in an instant when you either stumble across a huge plot hole mid-dream or you take the story off in a completely different direction. This new direction will be a lot more enjoyable than what goes on in your 76k word draft. You normally wake from this dream not knowing where you are and having to prod your loved one to ask them what year it is.
- The Idea For a New Story Dream. This is an amazing dream. Your brain gives you the gift of a new story idea via a beautiful dream. The idea will rock! You will either wake from this dream in a panic looking for a paper and pen to scribble it down or…..the idea will vanish as you soon as you open your eyes and you will end up spending the rest of the day scratching your head / a little grumpy.
- Literary Agent Rejection From Hell. This is a terrible nightmare. Basically a scary literary agent rejects your novel but worse than that….highlights all your faults and failings..not just in writing but in your life too! Gasp! They don’t hold back either. It is painful and there is no escape from their harsh criticisms on your book idea, your personality and your life so far! Scream! You wake from this nightmare with a pounding heart and a trembling body. Cue your request to your loved one for a much-needed cuddle and some soothing ‘there…there…it is all over now….shhhhhhh!’ words. Later in the day you chuckle to yourself about how silly it was to think a literary agent would know about your penchant for cheap wine, cheese boards and a secret love of dancing to bad pop songs in your pjs. Sigh!
- Death From Typo Nightmare. This is scary. It is a nightmare which occurs shortly after you have either submitted a story into a competition or sent it off to someone important. In this nightmare you are reading your draft and all you can see is typos. There are typos everywhere!! OMG there are pages of typos and you have even spelt ‘the’ wrong! Scream! You wake in a hot and sweaty mess. Your loved one thinks you have been dreaming about monsters and beasts. They wouldn’t understand the terror that a tiny typo can bring to a writer.
- One Book Hell. In this nightmare you sit down to try to write a second book and struggle. During this dream you can hear a selection of voices telling you that your current story was your last. Your one book / story dances in front of your eyes and nothing comes out onto the page. Scream! You wake from this dream feeling a bit sweaty and with a cloud of gloom above your head.
- Book Launch Terror. This is scary. In this nightmare you are launching your new book and before you have even hit ‘publish’ readers are giving it reviews from hell on Goodreads and Amazon. You can’t stop the dire one star reviews from coming. Loud piercing scream. You wake from this nightmare with a beating heart and bathed in a light sweat. Your loved one gives you an odd look and says “you been dreaming again about that book you are writing?” – how did they guess?
If anyone would like to share their writing dreams and nightmares please leave me a comment 🙂