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Overcoming any diffidence to pose an intrusive question. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Overcoming any diffidence to pose an intrusive question.

I make quite certain that many of you, by all accounts, have dreams that evolve into scenes in the stories you write.


But what I’d like to know, if you’ll indulge me, is this, and it’s not quite suited for a poll: Do you awake, even occasionally, let alone regularly, with a word or phrase or line ringing in your mind, or with a particular piece of music already playing in your consciousness?  If so, what are they, what sorts are they, and how often does this happen?  (I can say that this is a regular occurrence in my life, that it may be prose or poetry, and if it’s music it will be anything from Bach to Howells to Finzi to ‘Grioghal Cridhe’ or ‘The Black Bear’ – very rarely even jazz, and I think never pop.)  So: am I even madder than I suspect, or is this at all common?

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blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: July 15th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have dreams that evolve into scenes in Bernard Cornwall novels. My subconscious seems convinced that it is perfectly appropriate to have a petite woman leading large cavalry forces in various actions across the Continent and through the 19th century.

But as for your question, music quite often, and snatches of plays and poetry. For me, the music is a broad assortment -- Mahler, madrigals, Dowland, David Bowie, Cole Porter or Purcell. But all things I enjoy singing or dancing to.

Amusingly, there was a Harry Potter reference in the Tour de France commentary as I was typing this. I am now pretending you have a secret sports commentating identity.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 15th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

If I had a secret sports commentating identity...

... it would damned well be cricket.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: July 15th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: If I had a secret sports commentating identity...

It's only Pakistan and Australia at the moment, isn't it? You'd be free ...
From: tree_and_leaf Date: July 15th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes; mostly music (it tends to be hymns, I confess, or bits of Evensong setting); sometimes bits of poetry.
being_here From: being_here Date: July 15th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
All the time. Music (classical, pop even (sadly) adverts) or phrases from the mundane to things I have build stories or poetry around.

Mind you this may now be corroboration of your sanity. The more I write at the moment, the less sane I am able to consider myself.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: July 15th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
For me it isn't words or music, but touch. That seems to be the predominant sense in my dreams, which are always quite vivid. Sometimes, for many days (or even weeks) afterward, I can still remember how things felt, or the sensation of someone touching me.

Some people's dreams are just a jumble of images, very vague overall, but mine are like little movies The setting, dialogue, etc - it's all very specific. If I wake up in the middle of a dream, I can continue it if I fall back asleep, and change the course of how I wanted things to go.

soonest_mended From: soonest_mended Date: July 15th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Invariably, if I've had fewer than seven hours of sleep.

My brain doesn't seem to be picky about its good-morning tunes, either-- I might have Dvořák, a catchy piece I overheard once in a department store, or even (on one memorable occasion) four lines from a truly wretched hip-hop 'song'.
From: el_staplador Date: July 15th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that I recall. Very little of my dream experience follows me into the waking world. But then I do not dream much - or, since we are told that everyone dreams every night; we just do not always remember all our dreams, I do not remember very many of my dreams. Recently I was surprised to remember on waking that I had identified a substance as silk through touch, since I had thought that touch didn't feature in my dreams.

femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: July 15th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Constantly. Not quite every day, but without doubt multiple times a week.

Most of the time I'll wake up singing or humming--everything from rock to pop to classical. I also wake up with fragments of dreamed conversations or with narrative running through my head. More than once I've rolled over and scrawled things on a nearby notepad because I've been dreaming a story. (I'm a very visual dreamer.)

In recent years I tend to have conversations with my father when I'm dreaming, so I wake up rather frequently with his voice still in my head. Which is often both amusing and bittersweet.

I also wake up overwhelmed with emotion, which really sucks when I've had a sad dream, let me tell you. It's great, though, when one's happy. *g*

fpb From: fpb Date: July 15th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to say that I don't think I ever in my life had a dream that inspired any story. As a matter of fact, the first time that I had a dream that felt like it might give me a place and an atmosphere for stories, it was so startling to me that I blogged about it. http://fpb.livejournal.com/492447.html
From: 17catherines Date: July 15th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I frequently get choir music turning up in dreams that is still there when I wake up, and once when I was in mid-novel I was woken up at around 4am by one of my characters saying "No, I won't do that" quite loudly in my ear. I could still hear him when I woke up (and decided that if he felt so strongly about it, he'd better not do that then). I've also been woken up and realised that two of my characters were bickering as I was waking - I have whole paragraphs of dialogue in my head which have to be written at once, because the argument is going so fast that I'll miss it if I delay.

So I'm madder than you are, if anything, but that's not really news...
tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: July 16th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: July 18th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes get ideas from a piece of music or lyrics that keeps floating around in my head but they don't always comes from dreams.

I have a funny feeling if I remembered my dream ideas they would be cracked out AUs.
noeon From: noeon Date: July 29th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find anything can come from dreams or a dreaming state: fragments of music, words, images, familiar or completely new. Also the solution to visual, mathematical, spatial, or other problems - anecdotal evidence suggests that several advances in physics have come through dreams. I've heard a story (and I thought it was about Srinivasa Ramanujan but I can't find the reference) about a mathematical prodigy waking up with literally SHEETS of mathematical formulae and solutions before his mind's eye.

And don't even ask about waking dreams. *grins*
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