Friday, June 6, 2014

Writing in My Sleep by Meglena Ivanova



Bulgarian author, blogger and essayist, based in New York, USA

Several months ago I decided to give a chance to any interest of mine which I really enjoy, so in the future I won't regret that I didn't let my talents create beautiful things. This is how I came up with the idea to try writing a novel. At the beginning I had difficulty in finding inspiration easy but it was only because I had some negative thoughts and distractions at that time of the year. Since I eliminated anything harmful to my inner peace I find inspiration very often and ideas come easier than ever. Sometimes words come to me while I'm watching movie or read magazines (I enjoy writing while reading), this is when I free myself, write ideas in my goal book and let my mind do the rest. Sometimes I just play with the words in order to give a start to my thoughts and it works. Other times ideas strike when least expected, for example two weeks ago I wrote a complete chapter after watching an exciting stage of the show Sleepy Hollows on TV. :) I know it sounds strange but sometimes strong impressions and emotions give me ideas, other times I don't even expect anything but words come while practicing yoga, watching news, walking to the store and my favorite is when I dream my stories while sleeping, that's why I always keep a notebook and a pen close to my bed. :) There are a few seconds just after you wake up from a dream when you remember it completely, so you have to write everything or at list what is on your mind in those seconds. The colors, the sounds, the shapes, the characters, what was said, even emotions, everything is important. When you can remember a dream vividly, it is important to grab every one of those memories and put them in a jar with a tightly sealed lid so that you can examine them later. Otherwise, they will quickly fly away into the distance. In those first seconds after I woke up from my dream nights, for example two days ago (1/03/2014) I had a dream night, I knew exactly what I had read - written - and I knew my exact reactions upon reading it. 



From those brief notes, I eventually wrote the first half of my second book -- The Bloodstone:  the Legend Continues, from the SACRED STONES trilogy (The Legend of the Moonstone:  A series for Kids and Young Adults is the first book of this trilogy).

Writing a good novel is hard. That's just life. If it were easy, we'd all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction or non-fiction. You have to put your heart and soul into it and give it everything you've go, even your dreams.)

Anyway, whenever writing ideas come they are invited : ) I suppose they come easier and often when we find peace in life, feel happy and grateful and enjoy life at all. : )

Hope you have many more exciting and unexpected writing ideas!

Please share them here or on my blog http://meglenaivanova.wordpress.com
or on my website:  http://meglenaivanova.com


Regards!
Meglena Ivanova
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9 comments:

Meglena Ivanova said...

Thank you so much Leanne for sharing with your followers my thoughts and journey... :) I've got to say your blog is extremely informative – a lot of great tips. :)

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you, Meglena, for writing such an inspiring and entertaining article--and for your lovely comment.
Wishing you much success
: )

Dean K Miller said...

Hello Meglena. I get more ideas from songs than TV or reading, but most of my inspiration comes from being outdoors or through meditation practices (anything that lets my mind wander.) Once in a while the words show up without much effort, but often it is a challenge, but one we writers are keen to accept.

DA Cairns said...

It's very cool how ideas for stories and/or characters come in dreams. It's happened to me too.

Leanne Dyck said...

I've also been blessed to have scenes and story ideas delivered to me in dreams. Few other professionals can say they work while sleeping.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Meglena — I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how and when ideas come to you — thank you for sharing them here on Leanne's blog!

Darlene said...

What a delightful post. It is interesting where ideas come from. many of mine come when I'm travelling. Especially while I'm on a plane, on the ferry or even on the sky train. I got a great idea on how to end my last novel while having a massage.I also get ideas when I go for a walk. Of course writers are dreamers so it's not surprising that we get ideas while we sleep!

Leanne Dyck said...

Hi Darlene,
Thank you for your comment. I guess the old adage is correct: you attract more flies with honey.
As in, if you sit there trying to force your writing to come what you get is forced writing. But if you go out and entertain your brain with new sights, smells, textures--experiences--your writing will be enriched for it.
In a nutshell: enjoy life.

Darlene said...

So true - enjoy life!