Years ago I had a dream about a girl and a ghost in a big old house. Because it was so long ago, I can’t remember much about it. But it did inspire me in my late teens/early twenties to begin a story. I never completed it, but I did do quite a lot of work on it. The story concerned a teenage girl who finds an empty mansion in the woods, overgrown and dilapidated. She’s amazed and begins to explore it.
Obviously the story is fantasy, so I have the girl going around the different rooms which have different colour themes to them, particularly the bedrooms. There is a blue room, a yellow room etc. Then the girl opens a wardrobe in one of the rooms and out steps a ghost of a young handsome man. The girl is petrified of course and runs away but the ghost appears again. Eventually he reassures her that he’s not going to hurt her. He’s stuck in a sort of purgatory and is lonely. The girl and the ghost begin to get to know each other…
Well I won’t go further than that because I may return to the idea at some point. But it is interesting when dreams we have inspire our writing. Although I can’t recall much of the original dream, at the time I had enough to go on to begin creating this whole world where fantasy meets reality. Would the girl tell anyone about what she’d found? What was the ghost’s history?
I’m not alone as an author in being influenced by dreams. The author Stephenie Meyer was inspired to write her novel ‘Twilight’ by a dream she had about a human girl and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood. To coin a well known phrase, the rest is history. I believe that dreams can influence us more that we think. We may not always be aware of it, but sometimes decisions we make can be affected by them. It’s possible to be warned that something is about to happen that we need to do something about. Dreams can also help us to be clearer in our minds what choices we should make. So don’t discount the next dream you have. It might be very helpful to you.
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