Dreams as Inspiration

I don’t really keep a dream diary, but I know of a lot of people that do. Dreams can be weird sometimes. For example, last night I had a dream that I was fighting against an alien invasion at a base that was a super Home Depot and humanity lost, then I had to write an essay on why I loved my new alien overlord. But sometimes dreams aren’t so weird, or parts of weird dreams can be used as inspiration for writing. Below are some best-selling books inspired by dreams.

Robert Louis Stevenson woke from a strange dream of a doctor with split personalities and completed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ten days after he awoke.

At the tender age of 18, Mary Shelley woke up from a dream about electricity bringing humans back to life and created Frankenstein.

Stephenie Meyer has said, in multiple interviews, that the romance between her sparkly vampire man and monotone maiden in Twilight started as a dream as two lovers talking in a meadow about how they could never work out.

Stephen King fell asleep on a flight and woke up after having a nightmare about a rabid fan kidnapping a writer and keeping them hostage, and when he awoke, Misery was born.

So maybe my strange alien/Home Depot/writing assignment dream will one day be a best seller. Ideas for stories come from all kinds of odd places, and dreams are just one source of inspiration for writers. What do you think? Do you have any strange dreams you’d think would make great stories or poems? Share in the comments below!

– Amanda Riggle


  1. Daniel Budiarto

    Wow. I didn’t know any of this. Thanks for sharing. I tend to forget my dreams as soon as I’m awake—although I’m sure I’m not alone in that. So, keeping a dream diary serves almost no purpose for me. A daydream diary, on the other hand… 🙂

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