I posted recently about my experience at a dream conference about creativity and dreaming. At that conference I presented a paper about the intersections between dreaming and creative writing. I explained that dream incubation is one way to use dreams in the service of writing (or any kind of problem solving). So, last week I incubated a dream asking for help with a story I’m working on. Read on to learn what happened:
“DREAM DICTATION: Character Sketch”
She’s someone’s mother, the woman in the kitchen baking bread.
Two loaves a day, she says, and hands me a bit of golden crust.
She’s a character in the story I’m writing, one I hadn’t met before.
The protagonist’s mother, just back story, it seems. I’ll have a look around, glean
a few defining details for my prose. I see clay pots, painted, empty,
on the upper shelves. But no potted plants. Is that significant?
Her pantry is a light-filled room, painted cheerful reds
and yellows, and packed with jars and cartons: cornmeal, flour,
all the staples you’d expect to find. She’s happy in her kitchen,
effortlessly handling those cast-iron pans. I should help out, and not just stand
around. But, there’s not much I—having no flair for the domestic arts—can do.
I could help empty the dishwasher, at the very least, I muse.
But no, I’ll go home and write this down, instead.
I leave her house, and quickly lose my way. I turn back to find her place,
again—but can’t. Too late, I realize: I don’t know her address, or her name—
this character, of my creation.
© Tzivia Gover 2013
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- New England Dreaming (Out & About in the World of Dreams) (allthesnoozethatsfittoprint.wordpress.com)
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