WRITING TIP: Create a dream that others can enter

Writing is at its essence about creating for another being an experience that lives in the realm of memory and dream. It is helpful to remember this, and to keep in mind that in our stories, we dream our souls and in doing so, invite others to do the same. “The essence of our art lies in creating a lingering dream, good or bad, that other souls can enter,” wrote Marilyn Robinson in The World Split Open. “Dreaming one’s soul into another’s is an urgent business of the human mind: the dreaming itself, not whatever agenda can supposedly be extracted from it. As art, it plays on the nerves and the senses like a dream. It unfolds over time like a dream. It makes its own often disturbing and often inexplicable appeal to memory and emotion, creating itself again in the consciousness of the reader or hearer.”