So I have a confession to make. Ever since I was little, maybe three or four, I’ve had really intense, very vivid, very frequent nightmares. I do have regular dreams as well, but they are always crystal-clear, like mini-movies in my head. The best way for me to break into the writing scene would be as a horror writer. The short story I wrote for the competition was from a nightmare I had two weeks ago. I would have an abundance of material. Except, I have to go through it every single night and I find I don’t want to relive it as a writer every day.
Some of my earliest memories are of the nightmares I used to have. When I was younger, I spent many, many nights afraid to go to sleep. I still have them, but they don’t bother me as much now as they used to, although I still occasionally wake up in a state of terror. Let me tell you, the dream that sparked the short story idea was pretty tame compared to some of the others I’ve had.
I’ve been told it’s a by-product of my extremely imaginative mind. That it’s a blessing and I should be grateful. Although, as a kid, it felt a lot more like a curse than a blessing. I guess occasionally it’s useful, as the novel I am starting is based on a dream I had. But I just don’t think I have it in me to be a horror writer. What about you? Where do you get your ideas?