A Dream within a Dream

November 19, 2017 at 3:42 PM


"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."  --Poe

I felt like paying homage to my mentor mystery author:  Edgar Allen Poe.  He is such an icon for mystery authors as the first writer to pen a detective story and the guardian poet of American Gothic.  From the "Fall of the House of Usher" to "Ligeia," he conveys such a sense of the lush, dream-like world of dark imagination and twisted reality.  He never feared going where other writers might just edge--and he followed that vision into a realm that draws me in every time.

The dream.  It's a sweet place to find, but elusive in everyday life.

So many writers discuss "living the dream" of being a writer.  It's what drives us every day to sit at the computer and write, write, write.  Some days, it goes well; some days, not so much.  The times of struggling with a scene, a character, or a setting can dim the hope of every producing a manuscript worthy of being published.  

It's at those times, I find that I need to go back to my favorite poets or songwriters and check in with their sources of inspiration.  They provide at least a dim light that seems to seems to shine off in the distance of the precarious "dream"--a belief that art will sustain me during the times of doubt (and so-so compositions).  It keeps me coming back to a story and find my voice again.  It keeps me motivated (sort of).  And it keeps me writing.

It's not easy.

It's not always fun.

But I guess it's not mean to be.

As our man Poe says, “The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.”

Keep dreaming.


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