Aug 2, 2011

Imagination Sparks - Dream Exercise

Writing Exercise by Milly 13yrs. old - Book Reviewer and Sometimes Baker
Imagination Sparks is an awesome blogfest to share your favourite creativity exercise and I have decided to join.
The creativity task I chose is called dream + pen + paper = story.
What you will need for this exercise is a pen, paper and a dream or nightmare (I know you don't like having nightmares, but they make the best stories!).
Before you go to sleep make sure you have a pen and paper right next to your bed. If it's not close you won't feel like looking for it in the dark.
I'm going to try other bloggers ideas from the blogfest, and I'll post about what story ideas I get.
I sometimes fall asleep listening to an audiobook, and this seems to help me dream. But keep in mind if you dream about being a young girl getting sent off to games where you have to fight the death - this might not be your own original idea (Hunger Games). There are also some hypnosis recordings that can help you think imaginatively if you listen to them right before you go to sleep.
If you wake during the night, after a brilliant dream/nightmare, force yourself to write down some notes or even just key words. If you don't, chances are you'll forget it in the morning.
Even the weirdest dreams can be used for a story. If your dream makes no sense to you (people merging into rabbits and flying off), still write it down. You might be able to separate each idea for an element towards a story - or you may have the next Alice in Wonderland!
When you're ready to write your story. Try doing a couple of minutes of just free-writing or brainstorming to see how many story ideas you can get from your dream.
If you have some fun creativity exercises, it's not to late to join just go to Wagging Tales and sign on!

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