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Three weeks into the school year the dreams began. She walked on soft grass under a dark purple sky, and the grass and trees around her shimmered and quivered with light. It was no place she had ever been, no place that could be in the world she knew, but she was calm there, and content. And one night a young man joined her, dressed in bright clothes and laughing gaily–and for the first time in ages she did not feel alone. –In Dreams by Jeremy Erman

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where a dream becomes more real than reality.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most vivid dream you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: In Dreams

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about how a dream affected your reality.

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. –Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a place you dream about going.

Art Prompt: Childhood dream

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story about an event from your childhood.

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The howling of the coyotes in the pear orchard haunts Chloe’s sleep. They race among the pear trees, trample rotting pears, track the sweet juice behind them. She’s among them. She runs too, across the acres of pears, across the dirt road that cleaves the orchard. She leaves funnels of dust behind her. When she reaches the post-and-barbed-wire board, she turns back and lopes up the road that leads to the Locke family home. It’s build on Indian burial ground. Beneath her paws, the rocky dirt turns to soft dust, fed by blood and bones. She circles the house and sniffs the scent of sleeping people inside. She squeezes beneath the porch, beneath the lattice, and digs. There is her own breath huffing hot in the dark, the whine of her anxiety as her anils scratch at the dirt. She uncovers a tiny skull. She clenches it in her mouth, and eases her way back out from under the house. She runs back down the road and into the trees. The other coyotes follow her. She leads, dizzied by the sound of feet trampling the grass behind her. –Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the small skull the coyotes unearth and what they do with it.

Journaling Prompt: What animal do you become in your dreams or day dreams?

Art Prompt: Coyotes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite animal and the personal symbolism behind the choice of that animal.

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Sometimes the swirling images, the indescribable prisms of lights, morph into people. But often just one. Usually this person seems to be standing nearby, often in the corner of this very room, watching me. I’ve even gone as far as to open my eyes to catch whoever is in the room with me, but no one is there. I’ve made it all up. My dying mind has made it all up. Sometimes I call out to Numi, expecting to find my friend in the room with me, but he’s not there. I’m all alone with my scattered, incoherent thoughts. Dying is the ultimate hallucinogen. The final hallucinogen. –Silent Echo by J. R. Rain

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of a dying person.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the strangest dream you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Hallucination

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the science of dreams and hallucinations.

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The image on the wall was enough to give a man nightmares. –Night Work by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What gives you nightmares?

Art Prompt: Nightmare

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something that gave you nightmares as a child and how you overcame it.

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Jack Hawthorn had begun to dread sleep. He dreamed now, and most of those dreams were nightmares. He wasn’t used to fear: the drumming of his heart, the quickening of breath, the blood coursing through him. –Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about sleep?

Art Prompt: Dreading sleep

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a dream you had.

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I can’t fall asleep on my back — or rather, I don’t dare to. In that position I often slip into a fugue state where my mind wakes up from a dream, but my body remains immobile. In this limbo I can still sense things around me: sunlight trickling through the curtains, passersby on the street below, the blanket tented on my upturned feet. But when I tell my body to yawn and stretch and get on with the day, nothing happens. I’ll recite the command again — Move, you — and the message echoes back, unheeded. I fight, I struggle, I strain to twiddle a toe or flex a nostril, and it does no good. It’s what being reincarnated as a statue would feel like. It’s the opposite of sleepwalking — it’s sleep paralysis.
The worst part is the panic. Being awake, my mind expects my lungs to take full, hearty breaths — to feel my throat expanding and my sternum rising a good six inches. But my body — still asleep, physiologically — takes mere sips of air. I feel I’m suffocating, bit by bit, and panic begins to smolder in my chest. –Sam Kean, Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who has night terrors.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever had night terrors or nightmares? Write about that experience.

Art Prompt: Night terrors

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about night terrors and other sleep disturbances. Share a personal story if you can. Give a few tips for better sleep.

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I had my recurring dream last night. I guess I should have expected it. It comes to me when I struggle-when I twist on my own personal hook and try to pretend that nothing unusual is happening. –Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Fiction Writing Prompt: What is the recurring dream that your protagonist has? Why does he or she have this dream?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a recurring dream you’ve had.

Art Prompt: Recurring dream

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the common themes of recurring dreams and what they symbolize.

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“It was just a dream,” she told him, stroking his shoulders as he shuddered. “Nothing but a dream.” –The Godless by Ben Peek

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene that begins with the line above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a scary dream you’ve had.

Art Prompt: It was just a dream…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a funny or scary story about dreams you’ve had.

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“Physical aggression is the most frequently reported theme in nightmares. Moreover, nightmares become so intense they will wake you up. Bad dreams, on the other hand, are especially haunted by interpersonal conflicts,” write Geneviève Robert and Antonio Zadra, psychology researchers at the Université de Montréal, in the last issue of Sleep.
“Death, health concerns and threats are common themes in nightmares,” says Geneviève Robert, first author of the article, which formed part of her doctoral thesis. “But it would be wrong to think that they characterize all nightmares. “Sometimes, it is the feeling of a threat or a ominous atmosphere that causes the person to awaken. I’m thinking of one narrative, in which the person saw an owl on a branch and was absolutely terrified.”
Nightmares in men were also more likely than those of women to contain themes of disasters and calamities such as floods, earthquakes and war while themes involving interpersonal conflicts were twice as frequent in the nightmares of women. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a nightmare that carries over into real life.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a recurring nightmare you’ve had. What do you think it was trying to tell you?

Art Prompt: Nightmare

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of nightmares and what they mean.

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