September 25, 2010 07:20:33
Posted By John Poindexter
"How long are we going to stay here, Steve?" Jim said.
"Until I'm sure he isn't here." Hawks looked around from the tree line to the ridge, while Mike stepped into the woods.
"Freeze," shouted a Security Guard coming out from behind the bushes and pointing a gun at Hawks’ chest.
Mike came out behind him, hitting him hard enough to knock the gun from his hand.
"Who the hell are you and what do you want with us?" Hawks said, grabbing and pulling him to his feet.
Before he could answer another guard jumped out and opened fire. The bullets were pounding into the back of the first individual. Hawks was glad that he had put on his bullet-proof vest.
Dreams can provide some interesting scenes, if you can remember them when you awake. The above came from one of my dreams and lasted for the first twelve pages of the new novel Dirty Bomb.
The hardest part for most people is to remember what they dreamt about in the morning. If you were to awake from the dream, then grab a notebook and write down all you can before you lose it.
There are many nights when your characters will visit you in your sleep. Just hope they don’t wake you and want to carry on a long discussion about where they want to go. Mine seem to come when I least expect it and then they stay around for quite some time. Of course we don’t always agree on which route a story should take, but they seem to win a lot of the arguments.
Have a notepad or even a tape recorder by your bed in case a great story comes along somewhere in your REM phase of sleep. You don’t want to miss the start of the next great American novel.
Do you dream story beginnings or happenings? Are your dreams in color like mine?
Tell us about your experience. Leave a comment.