Immutable Release Party – Dream states

July 8, 2015

I mentioned earlier that the idea for Immutable came to me while snoozing in bed one morning last summer. Not quite asleep, not quite awake, I let it play out to its conclusion in my head. I say it arrived fully formed, but really, it was my mind telling itself the story, and being in a half asleep state, sliding quite easily to what happens next. The unconscious mind is stronger when you’re not fully awake, and the unconscious mind is much cleverer than the conscious mind. It knows all the things your conscious mind can’t hold the whole time. Trusting the unconscious—“the boys in the basement” as Stephen King calls it in On Writing—is important for a writer. When a writer is working on a story, then even when they aren’t consciously thinking about it, the unconscious mind is busy. When it’s got something worked out it shoves it up into the conscious mind and the writer says “this idea just came out of nowhere.”

It’s also the place where characters pick up their tendency to misbehave. Many writers find they can’t make a character do what the writer planned in a convincing manner while writing. The character seems to have a mind of their own. But really it’s the unconscious mind, which already knows the character best and knows what they would and wouldn’t do. Best to do as it tells you.

But back to dreaming and semi-dreaming states. I have had the germs of ideas from actual dreams before, but dreams are usually too wacky to write just as they happened and produce a coherent story with. My novel Higher Ground started as a dream, of climbing to higher ground, while water rose behind me. There were various other bits to it. But that only gave me a basic concept to start from. It took plenty of work to create characters and plot from that. Half-asleep daydreams on the other hand will be more coherent stories, but without the inhibiting powers of the wide awake mind which is too quick to jump in and say “stop that, it’s far too silly.” Creative snoozing is very useful to writers! (Yes, it’s one of the few jobs when napping can count as work.) It allows in odder ideas than the wide awake brain would have countenanced.

In Immutable Callum is in a kind of dream state himself. He’s in a thrall or trance part of the time and it lets him accept things he would otherwise have questioned. But this state is a fragile one, for the writer too. One car alarm going off outside and waking you up fully, and it’s popped like a soap bubble. The same for Callum (without the car alarm.) Once reality hits, his bubble is burst and his dream is over.


Question – ever had a great idea come to you in a dream or half asleep state? Did you act on it? Write it if you’re a writer? Did it make sense in the light of day?

Buy Link
My Website

95 Responses to “Immutable Release Party – Dream states”

  1. Yjgtuy says:

    zithromax 100mg online – azitromicina buy zithromax online zithropls

  2. Qtiqrb says:

    furosemide price in india – lasix water pill lasix over the counter canada

  3. Idhugt says:

    order clomid 100mg – clomid generic clomid coupons

  4. Ftofyt says:

    generic viagra 100mg pills – where to buy viagra without prescription order generic viagra from india

  5. Lpldwt says:

    cialis professional 20 mg – cialis health store cheapest cialis 20mg online

  6. Vdutiv says:

    stromectol australia – buyivermect ivermectin lotion for lice

  7. Yzcikq says:

    big fish casino online – online casino games for real money best real casino online

  8. Pozvqj says:

    ed treatment pills – ed pills treatment of ed

  9. Nbxmni says:

    buy prednisone tablets uk – average cost of generic prednisone buy 40 mg prednisone

  10. Vhmsvj says:

    can you buy generic viagra over the counter – viagra brand coupon viagra online purchase in usa

  11. Bgayvf says:

    cialis from canada online pharmacy – Cialis for women order cialis pills

  12. Cwzboz says:

    stromectol ivermectin – ivermectin order ivermectin human

  13. Awvucg says:

    cheap erectile dysfunction pill – cures for ed over the counter ed pills cvs

  14. Zfbido says:

    buy albuterol online – buy ventolin online ventolin tablet price

  15. Jaddbw says:

    buy cytotec online cheap – cytotec pharmacy cytotec 200mg online

  16. Ajrrua says:

    doxycycline 100mg coupon – doxycycline tablets australia doxycycline 100mg cost uk

  17. Vmlvfy says:

    purchase neurontin – levothyroxine 75 mcg

  18. Hitedl says:

    where do you buy viagra – cheap generic viagra from india can you buy viagra over the counter australia

  19. Tiznmf says:

    tadalafil tablets 60mg – american pharmacy tadalafil price

  20. Pqotws says:

    vardenafil generic levitra – mail order vardenafil generic vardenafil usa

  21. Qtmpet says:

    ivermectin pills canada – purchase stromectol

  22. Ydnisb says:

    prednisone 10 mg tablet cost – prednisone cost 10mg prednisone 5mg capsules

  23. Zgermm says:

    accutane online prescription cost – how to get accutane uk accutane australia buy

  24. Tbbpdc says:

    buy amoxicilin 500 mg from canada – buy amoxicillin 500 mg canada generic amoxicillin at walmart

  25. Ipqsph says:

    methylprednisolone 16 mg – lyrica cost australia lyrica online

  26. Gbnhqa says:

    dissertation writers online – custom essay station do my term paper

  27. Sfuwev says:

    ordering sildenafil online without prescription – Order viagra without prescription viagra cheapest price

  28. Gaizsm says:

    20mg tadalafil – Cialis discount cialis uk pharmacy

  29. Drybdz says:

    stromectol 3 mg dosage – ivermectin pills for humans ivermectin cost canada

  30. Ilnuih says:

    prednisone 60 mg tablet – prednisone canadian prednisone 30 mg

  31. Abzatt says:

    lasix generic name – lasix cheap furosemide 120 mg

  32. Udjzhl says:

    cost of cytotec tablet – buy cytotec 100mcg where can i get cytotec pills

  33. Xidcho says:

    buy doxycycline online uk – price of prednisolone 120mg prednisolone

  34. Mbdlfa says:

    ivermectin 0.5 – stromectol coronavirus ivermectin order online

  35. Accustomed Message About this offshoot hydroxychloroquine online

  36. Txlslu says:

    stromectol for sale online – ivermectin tablets for sale walmart ivermectin order

  37. Vayufg says:

    what is sildenafil – sildenafil online generic online sildenafil prescription

  38. Pwcryy says:

    tadalafil buy online – buy tadalafil online cheap

  39. Jltdxt says:

    how to get accutane in canada – accutane sale uk order accutane online canada

  40. Taxgly says:

    essays buy – buy an essay online cheap buy an essay online cheap

Leave a Reply