I don’t know that this is any more common to writers than the gen. pop. but I know a few writers who dream vividly and in narrative.
Given that dreams represent your brain working while you sleep, it makes sense to me that writers would dream story, and I always wake up feeling a bit proud of my brain. Even when it’s worked up a horror movie and scared the crap out of me.
One of my favourite things to do when I’m sick, or hot weather is messing with my sleep, is to spend the weekend in bed ‘writing’ scenes and drifting in and out of sleep. (It’s never really a weekend… too much real life to be getting on with!) This process of letting my writing daemon stretch his little purple wings and flap between waking and sleeping is really interesting and deeply satisfying.
I rarely dream the scene or even the story I’m nutting out when awake, and the stories in the dreams are often something completely new. Sometimes I dream from different character POVs, but typically ‘I’ occupy the omniscient narrator’s space. I say ‘I’ because I’m not recognisably me.
Then I wake up, and go back to the whatever I was working on before dozing.
Never having been one for sleeping all day, it takes a definite need for rest for me to manage a few hours of doing this. Eventually my limbs get achy from being in bed so long, and I get up and continue working on my story while getting on with usual weekend chores.
My one wish, each time I dream story, is that there were some way to download it from my head and convert it into words and pictures that I could then work up into a book. That would be a timesaver!
So, do you dream stories?