Alexandra Sokoloff, yesterday, talked about writers and using their dreams to help them write. I think that’s the coolest, but I rarely have interesting dreams, and if I do, they’re of the website-in-the-refrigerator variety.
Instead, I tend to daydream, aLOT. Like, all day long. In the shower, in the bathtub, in the car, while cooking, while listening, while staring out the window ... whatever. By the time I actually sit down to write, I have TONS of scenes to transcribe.
Which made a little bell go off when Laurell K. Hamilton talked about her phobia of flying. This weekend she talked about a method to "cure" that phobia, that allows your subconscious to work through your fears, generally while you’re sleeping, because that’s when most people use their subconscious.
However, Laurell K. Hamilton was gripped by paralyzing fear during the day. The technique had worked wonders on her friends, but not on LKH. Why? She called up her therapist, to discover:
"She’d had this problem once or twice
before with artists and writers. Apparently,
some of us use our subconscious during the
day. We’re like very in touch with parts of
our psyche that most human beings only
access at night in dream state. I’d always
thought that I was more in tune with the
hidden parts of me, interesting to have it
"My subconscious and I are apparently too
tight to separate. That means that the veil
that most people have between their waking
mind and their subconscious isn’t really
there for me. I didn’t realize that other
people did it differently."
I’m constantly digging into my subconscious trying to find patterns and such, trying to understand how I really feel, trying to process what thoughts come from where. It’s a self-centered endeavor, but I also think it’s necessary in understanding humanity. I mean, our own minds are probably the deepest we’ll ever be able to explore, you know?
Although, our own minds are probably the most difficult to know.
And yet, the coolest stuff comes from the subconscious.
Also, at Murderati, there’s a fabulous, fantastic, thought-provoking post on how our minds work perceive imagery--persistence of vision, and how it relates to creating a story for the reader, by Toni McGee Causey. Fascinating stuff.
Sometimes I think we need a psychology degree to write, you know?
Since this is turning out to be a link post, I would be remiss in not linking to Meg Gardiner. She finds the most curious news items to share. The two latest and greatest are:
- A Whitbread Prize winning author claimed, in a lawsuit, that fumes from a shoe factory left her "unable to concentrate on writing her highbrow novel, Cool Wind from the Future, and instead wrote a brutal crime story, Bleedout, which she found easier." (How could they lower her to such depths of sell-out???)
- My favorite: Dan Brown’s UK publisher issued a statement saying that "There is never any clause from [a] publisher to a novelist that they have to deliver at a certain time. We would not impose such a thing on a contract." (We’ve all spurted up coffee on that one, right?)