Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

For this week’s prompt, we are going to tap into that wonderful source of inspiration your brain gives you each night…DREAMS! I (Stephanie) have long thought dreams to be super meaningful. In middle school, I recorded mine religiously. I kept a little notebook next to my bed, and I had two dream dictionaries I consulted for interpretation. (According to one, like, every single dream was about sex. Losing teeth in a dream equalled sex. What???) I still keep a notebook near my bed, but rather than interpreting my dreams, I write down anything cool they have to offer with story or creative potential. Stephenie Meyer famously said that the idea for Twilight came from a dream, so who knows? Maybe there’s a major blockbuster just hanging out in my subconscious!

I once had this dream about a dark road and rising water that I think is going to make an excellent dystopian novel someday. I also have recurring stress-dreams about a bunch of anthropomorphized animals—cows and pigs and bears in police and military uniforms, like out of a Richard Scarry picture book—that put me through an obstacle course. Writing about those dreams has helped me deal with stress. And because I love dreams so much, I also make up dreams for the characters I create. Meredith from my novel-in-progress, Grievers Anonymous, dreams about her dead brother a lot.

If you’ve had a really cool dream recently, or a recurring dream you want to work through, now is the time! Write a story or poem or make a collage, drawing, or painting inspired by it. Or, if you don’t have something banging around your own brain, try a made-up dream. Let your or a character’s subconscious take over and send us the result, along with your first name, last initial, age, and city/state to [email protected] with the subject line “Creative Prompt” by Monday, December 7 at 6 PM EST. We can’t wait to see what you dream up.

Last week, we asked you to set the table for a fantasy dinner party. Here’s who you invited over…