How NOT to capture a dream.

In the middle of the night recently I was having a dream. Part way thorough I half woke up & thought “wow, this would make a great movie. I should wake up and write this down”


With my link sleep being crap recently, I opted against myself and stayed asleep.


I still remembered a bit when I woke up, but I was having a bleh morning, Ben was too sore to get out of bed without help, I couldn’t find breakfast…I just didn’t sit down and write.

How NOT to capture a dream

So come 10am, I finally sat down with my laptop to write. And the magic was gone :(


I wrote down what I could remember…which was mostly just part of one “scene”.


I knew that I had a huge backstory; I think while I was dreaming it a I was also thinking about it as a movie and adding backstory. The crap a writers brain does without permission, seriously!


Do you wake up and write things down when you’ve had a great dream?


Vanessa Smith


    • Haha that’s the worst, knowing you’ve tried to capture it and still not having a clue what it was.

  1. I very rarely remember my dreams – maybe once a year… I’ve heard this happens as you ages, but I do miss my dreams…


  2. I made this mistake myself recently. My dream would have made for an interesting read but like you I opted to go back and get some much needed sleep and by the time the morning rush was over it was gone.

    About this time last year, I took to having a notebook and pen beside the bed and each night it was like I was continuing on the dream/story but after a few nights off interrupted sleep I stopped dreaming.

    • There is a certain gloss that’s easy to lose as you write it down; hard to recapture it!

  3. I kept a notebook beside the bed for these such occasions, but the kids grabbed hold of it and turned it into lovely drawings for me :) Now, I just pick up my iPhone and add it to my notes. Visiting via #teamIBOT.

    • I’m always too lazy to reach for my phone haha. Or I’m worried the light will wake me up too much.

  4. I have great ideas when I lay down. I really should have a notebook next to me, but then I may never get any sleep. My brain works against me sometimes when I’m trying to sleep as It is.

  5. Honestly, since being pregnant, my dreams have been so bat-shit bonkers that I wouldn’t even DARE to write them down for fear of being committed ( :p ), but it’s an awesome idea!

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