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Lost: One Fairy Tale

I had a very intense dream in the early hours of this morning that was basically one long adventure/fairy tale. There were awesome girl characters--a walking descendant of merfolk who could travel via the foam on ocean waves, for example--and awesome boy characters, too.

I knew if I wrote it all down exactly as I dreamed it, it would be a pretty decent novel.

I woke up, and knew if I inverted half the dream--following a different character than the main princess as my protagonist, basically--it would be a GREAT novel.

And what happened? After telling myself I'd remember, I forgot everything. Absolutely everything.

Everything except the image of the girl crashing with a wave over the bow of a ship, and watching the seafoam slip away around her bare feet, and me, in whatever character I was inhabiting, thinking, "She's arrived!"

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cathshaffer
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
That happens to me a lot. I kind of wonder if there's some kind of trickery going on in my brain where I get that "wow what a great, satisfying, exciting story" feeling when there's nothing there but the usual dream images and dream logic. My dreams are often filled with emotion, like reading a good book, but in the light of day, the events of the dream aren't that exciting, or even describable. I'll never know, of course. Maybe I am writing brilliant stories in my sleep and forgetting them by sunrise. *sigh*
merriehaskell
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
So often dreams don't hold up to scrutiny, plot-wise? But at the same time, I remember kind of evaluating the dream throughout for holes in logic. While I was the main character (who I knew immediately upon waking wouldn't be the RIGHT main character), I was also me, the writer. It was... weirdly fun.
_earthshine_
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for the loss. I relate.
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