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Writers Dreaming: 26 Writers Talk About Their Dreams and the Creative Process Paperback – December 5, 1994
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Stephen King, Maya Angelou, William Styron, Art Spiegelman and others discuss their dreams and the roles they play in a writer's work.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As they discuss their dreams--both sleeping and waking--with Naomi Epel, the 26 writers in this intriguing book create a portrait of the creative process that is more candid than most autobiographies and more inspiring than any guide to writing.
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ISASBELL ALLENDE: Talks too much about her husband. The kind of glitzy woman who seems to be trying to bore you with her personal life. Also doesn't believe in truth, because she considers herself to have a loose grip on reallity and considers it a virtue. Makes no sense, but since there's no truth it doesn't have to.
MAYA ANGELOU: Seemed very nice; good section.
CLYVE BARKER: Kind of weird. Kind of a smart Geek.
JOHN BARTH: Uses a Macintosh and makes it a point to tell you. Seems to be amazed that words scroll across his field of vision in his dreams after he's been writing all day. Dimwitted and pretentious; wears a beret.
RICHARD FORD: What a jerk. Has this inane idea that he only wants to hear things he can "use" and doesn't want to bore other people by saying things they can't use. Doesn't find discussing dreams or personal matters useful. Keeps making this point over and over; a dumb pet theory. Obviously not a big believer in group therapy.
SUE GRAFTON: Too cutesy. Reoccurring-character-with-dumb-name syndrome.
SPALDING GREY: All the disjointed rambling and free association you expect from Grey; this time loosely connected to the topic of dreams. Would make a perfect closet homosexual if he didn't already make a perfect English teacher.
ALLAN GURGANUS: Nutty guy. Keeps mentioning that he lives ALONE. Probably puts bow ties on his cat.
JAMES W. HALL: He was alright. I'd like to get that book he was talking about.
CHARLES JOHNSON: Reminds me of that jerky captain from Zion in the last two Matrix movies that was always arguing with Morpheous. Seems to secretly think he's The One.
STEPHEN KING: Seems like a good kid. I see a lot of potential there.
ELMORE LEONORD: Kind of dry and down to Earth; very business like. Nothing profound but pleasant to listen to. Just what you'd expect.
LEONARD MICHEALS: Looks like he sleeps in his clothes. But he had some very interesting things to say.
BHARATI MUKERJEE: One of these "I make the story up as I go along" types. Thinks she's the first writer to have ever said this.
GLORIA NAYLOR: Rare brain condition that makes her say the name "Mama Day" over and over.
JOHN NICHOLS: Thinks Viet Nam is really cool.
JACK PRELUTSKY: Very Smiley. Writes children's poems. Dreams about witches and ghosts and thinks they're really spoooooky.
REYNOLDS PRICE: Hides crucified people in his closet.
ANNE RICE: Informs us that the vampires are now flying in her newer books. Yipeee.
JOHN SAYLES: There's a wild dream at the end of his section.
MAURICE SENDAK: Tells writers not to be afraid of therapy.
ANNE RIVER SIDDONS: Ummm....
ART SPIEGELMAN: Does Cartoons about the Holocaust. Perfect first name for someone who draws.
ROBERT STONE: Worried about getting caught with weed.
WILLIAM STYRON: Very interesting. I will probably read Sophie's Choice on what I've read here. The only book mentioned here that I can say this about.
AMY TAN: Seems to have some talents for lucid dreeaming.
So there you go.
Hence the idea that writers dream and writers use their imaginations confuses the issue. Dreams are not imaginary; they come involuntarily while the writer is unconscious. Using the imagination is a voluntary, conscious act. Likewise, daydreaming is similar to using the imagination but not in the same way as when a writer writes.
It is a mistake to allow writers to attempt to explain the ways they use to originate because most writers do not understand and cannot communicate these processes. Witness this book which would be better as interviews, if the interviewer were well-read, quickly spoken and knowledgeable about the subject at hand. (See The Paris Review Collected interviews)
Therefore it is not surprising that the best pieces in this book are the shortest, fewer than seven pages, except Robert Stone's piece is very engaging. The primary problem is the subject, dreaming. It lets writers show off. They get to talk about Freud. BIG MISTAKE.