I steal most of my creative material from dreams- visual mashups, juicy memories, entire storylines, etc. In fact, I bet 90% of what I write is generated in those pixilated moments of resisting the alarm clock. So I felt all tingly as I read this NYTimes piece today: In the Dreamscape of Nightmares, Clues to Why We Dream at All
"Ordinary bad dreams rarely recapitulate unpleasant events from real life but instead cannibalize them for props and spare parts, and through that reinvention, Dr. Nielsen explained, the fears are defanged."
That makes it sound just like the process of writing and storytelling! Re-read that awesome sentence and substitute the word “stories” for “bad dreams.” Maybe dream-ology has some clues to why we write at all, or create. Plus, its not often you get to use the words "cannibalize" and "defanged" in one statement.