Did you know great dreams can inspire amazing action adventure stories?
By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork
“I confess…I’ve had an epic dream and I can’t stop writing about it.”–Dale Spencer
My writing started with an unforgettable dream, a rare dream type I’ve experienced once. What is this dream you ask? Well, it goes by many names. You could call it a cosmic dream, epic dream, great dream, numinous dream, vivid dream, etc. For now, let’s call it an epic dream because it’s the most common name, and it sounds adventurous. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “epic” can be defined as, “extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope.” And the word “dream” can be defined as “a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.” When I researched the epic dream terminology, I learned that it’s considered a sleep disorder. The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation states, “epic dreaming [is] a condition where patients report having extremely vivid dreams throughout the night typically involving constant activity.” Keep in mind that anything that’s not considered “normal” is a disorder, so don’t worry if you do have this type of dream. It’s normal to have one of them. According to Dream Dictionary, “Most case studies have showed us that everybody on earth will experience at least one or more epic type dreams in his/her life span.” So take my advice: if you have an epic dream, try your best to write out everything you remember. They make good stories to share.
My Great Dream Experience
This is what happened with my epic dream. One weekend night, I went to bed late. While I was sleeping, my dream involved people I didn’t know and it flowed like an action adventure movie. I started dreaming about teen siblings, who are hunted down by individuals who want them dead but, they do not understand why. There’s a lot of suspense and mystery around their story, and they end up far from home, going on a journey. Together they search for answers, a way home, and various items needed to fulfill their quest. – Take it from me: I can go on forever about this story. I’ve written most of it down and the rest of it is still reoccurring in my head. During the duration of my ten-hour sleep, this dream consisted of multiple dreams. When I woke up, I felt energized and amazing. It’s an indescribable feeling. I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. After much consideration, I decided to label it as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy story. I did not realize that it was three books long until I wrote down half of the first book. Was this experience epic for me? The answer is a solid yes.
Have you ever had one of these dreams before? If so, please share it. I’m curious to know what others have experienced.
- “Epic Dreams.” Dream Dictionary. Web. 01 May 2013.
- Webster’s Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, 2013 Web. 01 May 2013.
- “Sleep Disorders.” Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation. 2013. Web. 01 May 2013.