Margaret talks about dreams.
I have to confess I’ve never gone to sleep and dreamt about any of my characters, but I do day-dream about them. Especially my heroes! I live the heroine’s part as I write which is why writing romance has to be the best job in the world. In talks I used to give I’d begin by saying how many love affairs I’d had! It always got a gasp, and then a laugh.
Characters come alive when you write about them, they become real people. I meet this handsome man who initially can irritate me but I know all will change. While at other times I fall instantly in love and dream about a life we could spend together.
Does this sound silly? Not if you’re a writer.
The fact that I’d read romance long before I began writing helped, and how enjoyable it is being able to make up my own stories. I’m sometimes asked if I ever run out of ideas. Occasionally I think I have, but then without warning something will pop into my head and I’m off again.
What I would like to dream is a whole story, something made up for me so that all I had to do was write it down. Wishful thinking.
According to my Collins New English Dictionary there is also something called a dream-hole – which has nothing to do with dreaming or even writing but it spiked my interest. It is in fact a hole left in a church steeple to let in the light, and also let out the sound of the bells. I’d always thought these slatted holes were for ventilation purposes!
At the moment I’m creating a new story. It’s at its very early stages so I wonder whether I’ll be lucky enough to actually dream some life into it. Only time will tell.