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So I'm writing a novel. It's kind of in the same vein as Yume Nikki, I guess, but I wouldn't say the game (or really anything) did much for inspiring it. Dreams are kind of a widely overused plot device, anyway.

It's about a girl who reads a book. The book is supposed to help teach her how to go lucid and induce very vivid dreams, but it doesn't work exactly like she intends it to. And then the book goes missing. Yeah. (Of course there's more to it than that, but I don't want to give away too much at once.)

The tentative title is "Dreamcatching"- there's already some sort of children's dream book by the same name, but I actually intended to use that as a story element. The only problem I have with it is that it's too similar to the title of a Stephen King novel... I might post a bit of it here as I write, so maybe you guys can help me come up with something better.

>> No.24   [Delete]   [Edit]

Even if it's similar in title to 'Dream*catcher*', don't let that impede your creative process. You can use Dreamcatching as a WIP title until something better strikes you.

And if you post your work here or links to it, I'll be sure to take a look and critique it a little. :3

>> No.99   [Delete]   [Edit]

Think about what you liked about the Stephen King novel on an emotional basis and try to extract a similar if not slightly bitter-sweet take on it through another device.

Maybe she starts to give up on the real world or she feels herself longing to sleep.

Or maybe one day when she thinks everything's normal she sees something out of place and realizes she's still asleep and she's frantically trying to awaken but at some point in her Wizard of Oz quest of weird starts wondering if she really should wake up at all.

>> No.100   [Delete]   [Edit]

This is a good idea. Though the story itself is pretty different from the Stephen King novel, there are definitely aspects of the book that help me tune my emotions in to write a little bit better.

>Maybe she starts to give up on the real world or she feels herself longing to sleep.

Actually, this is pretty much the basis of how the novel starts. She's trying to leave behind a lot of emotional scars from her old life and start over in a new home, and controlling her dreams helps with that.

Thanks for your input, lots of nice ideas there.

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