So, I just found out that Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) got the idea from a dream. …Combined with other life experiences and the top scientific theories of her day. But, let’s focus on the dream.
We all dream, right? But are our dreams the stuff of enduring epics? Can my dream of running from a tall man in a hat only to lead him into my garage and a locked door be all the inspiration I need to pen a best-seller? Could be. I think I’m going to try it.
Maybe, I just need to sit down and take pen to paper and determine what the origins of my dream are. Who is the man, why am I running, and most concerning of all, why is my garage door locked (shouldn’t I at least have a key?). Or, is that making the dream too literal.
Perhaps it should just be the basis of the story. Why is the protagonist running, why is the antagonist chasing, and who locked the door (and why is the garage open?)? The driving force of the story has its crux within the chase.
And when the reporters are knocking on my door, I’ll just tell them it came to me in a dream. I mean, hey, it worked for Mary Shelley, why can’t it work for me, too?