Sunday, April 01, 2012

A is for Arthur: The Boy Who Was Born in Dreams

In January 2011 I began having dreams in that twilight time just before you fall deeply asleep. The dreams were much like any dream but I was half-awake, too. I knew I was dreaming. They were strange dreams, very vivid and sensuous with lots of detail. They started out about a boy of thirteen, small for his age, who was lost and alone in New York City. It was a sad story but it didn't last long and by the next morning I half-forgot about it.


But the dreams persisted. For weeks, every time I closed my eyes at night, the boy was there waiting for me, eager to tell his story. He was not going to leave me and so I finally began writing about him. Of everything I have ever written in my life his story was the most persistent, immediate and demanding thing I ever wrote. It took me two weeks to write 12,000 words. I named him Arthur - I felt that was right - and I published his story through Kindle's Digital Text Platform as a novelette. It sells for 99 cents and in a little over a year it has been downloaded over a thousand times and has gathered some 5-star reviews.


I don't know where Arthur came from but I feel blessed that he came to me. Arthur's Story: A Love Story is, in my opinion, one of the best things I ever wrote. 

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.

11 comments:

  1. Lovely to read about your book and its inspiration :)

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  2. Thank you! I've been enjoying the blogs I've visited.

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  3. I think that the way Arthur came to be is really cool! To get a story from dreams...interesting.

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  4. Interesting post. Visiting through the A-Z Challenge.

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  5. Hi, Kathleen! I found your blog through the kindle boards - really enjoying it. A lot of my stories come from my dreams. My bestseller over at Barnes & Noble, Ageless, started out as a mysterious dream about a dark figure with a doctor's bag. I had that dream when I was 22 - I don't dare say how long ago that was:)

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  6. I've always made it a point to pay special attention to my dreams. I'm sure Arthur is grateful that you wrote his story.

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  7. That is so neat! I am going to have to check out the novelette now! :)

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  8. It's always interesting to hear how stories come to people. Great "A"!

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  9. Thanks to all for your visits and kind words!

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  10. Nice to read about your experience. The hypnagogic state can certainly conjure up a lot of ideas for creativity!

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  11. What an excellent dream to have to inspire a story! I don't usually have dreams in that particular stage of sleep and when I do they are more sensations than anything that provides story material.


    Lee
    A Faraway View

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