Dreams

I have to be honest; I hate the way dreams are sometimes used in story telling. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind. They shouldn’t be used as a ‘get out of jail free’ card simply because the author couldn’t think of a more creative way to end things or boxed themselves in due to bad writing. Having said that I think there is a time and place for them, particularly in novels and stories dealing with mythology.
Ulmo, in The Silmarillion delivered messages on occasion that might be construed as dreams. These added to the richness of the plot, often helped drive it forward and were in no way an escape clause. These dream messages worked. Indeed, Irmo himself is The Lord and master of dreams. There is something decidedly different about these uses of the dream concept.
Recently I’ve worked a dream into my own novel, I hope that it is more in line with the latter and not the former.

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