I was recently asked by a reader how I go about writing the future—to have a narrative in a world decades from now, and be convincing as such. In reply I asked whether they thought for one moment that they were not in the future when reading the story (Seen And Not Seen), even if only the relatively near future. Well, obviously it’s the future—it’s science fiction. And there’s a spaceship…and stuff…
The prominent definitions to be found seem to focus on the ability to control the dream, rather than what the name itself suggests—lucidity. That is, one would expect that experiencing a lucid dream would be to be fully aware within the dream, to feel fully awake and to have a complete sense of self.
As we shall see, the problem is that lucidity would appear to preclude the ability to control the dream. So what are those that have a level of control actually experiencing? Continue reading
I for one believe them.
But why should such a statement of belief be required? If they haven’t ever dreamt then…so what?
You can’t will yourself to write a story—you will need shear doggedness to write one, but that doggedness won’t get you started.
You need a story idea. Not only that, its needs to be something that gets so under your skin that you just don’t want to write it—you need to write it. Continue reading