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Ali Cross over at the writer’s dojo wrote a post on The Beauty Of Book Dreaming. It’s basically an exercise to help writers reconnect with the story they’re writing. This type of exercise is more like a meditation – also called book dreaming.
My WIP has been a total seat of the pants - when inspiration hits - type of a project. Recently, I decided to revisit my work and attempt to outline the story before proceeding any further. At first I had planned on working on my outline this weekend but since I’m not a plotter, I was dreading the drudgery ahead of me.
That is until I read Ali’s post. Instead what I will do this weekend is dream – book dream for as long as I remain undisturbed. I haven’t decided how I’ll go about it yet. For starters I’m quite tempted to lounge in the tub with hot water, light some candles, have music playing in the background - possibly symphonic metal or maybe even classical. There might be refreshments and something to nosh on within reach. After all, I’ll be working and need to keep my energy up. Maybe I should put up a "Do Not Disturb" sign (hand written with a sharpie and scotch taped to the bathroom door).
Next, I’ll focus on my project, breathing deeply and slowly while letting myself fall into the meditation as the “dreaming” begins. My intent will be to drop into the MC, becoming her, seeing through her eyes until there isn’t any distinction between her and I. What will I see? How will I feel? Am I scared? Confused? Where will I go next? And what will I do?
Meditation doesn't come easy for me so I’m hoping that this exercise proves fruitful and leads me to the next part of the MC’s journey. Wish me luck.