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How to write a dream scene in your story

Throughout history, the subject of dreams has caused fascination and mystery. Their meaning has generated drastic changes and decision-making in ancient kings and even deities, which has increased its importance in the actual world.

Even in psychology, the subject of dreams is interpreted as the way in which our unconscious dares to manifest itself in different ways.

According to scientific research, human beings dream between three or four times every night, although sometimes we do not remember it. Dreams rarely follow laws of reason or logic, for skeptics they make no sense, however, for the credulous it is possible that, when trying to interpret them, some of them may evoke fears, routine anecdotes, hidden desires or mysteries that are blend in with reality.

Dreams are important in everyday life, How many times have you not heard yourself telling someone about your dream last night? How many times have you not heard someone's wild dream? How many times has a chilling nightmare made you wake up and have you been looking for some meaning?

If real people dream, why don't we let the protagonists of our story do it too? If they do so in the plot, there are fundamental aspects to consider in order to include dream scenes within the story, the correct way, it is characterized in that any aspect to be included helps to advance the story.

The problem can arise when, during the storytelling process, we force the reader to see it as something real, and a dream generally is not. However, if the dream of our protagonist exists for a reason, you will be able to make it. To achieve this, you must take into account several notable factors:

  • The dream must be realistic and must follow the principles of a dream. A dream can be ambiguous and fanciful, but be careful not to go over the edge.

  • Think very well about what will happen in the dream, how important it is for the story and for the character; ask yourself if it helps you move forward.

  • Remember that every dream has a duration and don't forget "the after": What happens when the character wakes up?

  • Plan the continuity, how will the character react upon waking up?

  • Also think about how to distinguish the scene of the dream from the real story, this will help the reader a lot so that he can understand it and not get lost or feel disappointed.

Article written by: Lia Obregón.

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January 15, 2022, 23:31

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