Once again, I have a prompt inspired by true events. Sometimes, after consuming chocolate and espresso an hour or so before bed, I have really vivid dreams. Last night, I dreamt about a fox that signified major events in the life of a man I’ve never met (might be writing about it later, so apologies for the vagueness). I’ve had a few dreams (or nightmares) in my life that were so vivid and jarring I remember them to this day. In the Bible, there were people that helped interpret particular dreams by asking God about the meaning. Is the delirium of the subconscious fodder for great stories? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
Challenge: The Fleeting Dream
Word count: 4,000 words or less
Genre (choose one): flash fiction, poem, short story, essay, song, a scene from a film script or play, etc.
Due date: next Friday*
Prompt: First of all, don’t start your story with your character waking up from a dream. It is a cliche. Instead, start your character out in the real world, doing something, thinking about an odd dream they had last night. Tie the dream into what is happening around the character. Again, don’t let your character be “stuck in a dream”—make what happens to them happen to their conscious self. Correlate the dream with the real.
*If you want to share your writing with us, link your work to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog. Make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post so that we can read your writing.
The previous challenge: THE GREAT BIG MISUNDERSTANDING