Writing Inspiration: Nightmares

The Writing Process

Originally, for this blog post, I thought I was going to write about the three-act structure, but it turned into something else. And, for a few reasons, I don’t feel like writing about crunchy techniques and tools of writing today.

I feel like writing about nightmares.

A nightmare inspired my first completed manuscript—novel.

I enjoy nightmares.

Dreams can be interesting, but never as interesting as nightmares. I especially love the nightmares where I wake up, and I’m paranoid. So paranoid that the nightmare clings to the real world—a shadow of the terror that was in my nightmare is now in my bedroom.

I get out of bed after nightmares like that and make sure the garage door is closed, the house doors are locked, and my children are sleeping. Sometimes I go into the basement. No one there, I turn on the deck lights to make sure there are no tracks in the snow.

But then, reason and logic take over, and I sleep just a bit less easily.

Those are good nights.

I look forward to them even though I’m just a bit more tired in the morning. But, they’re also peaceful nights. Nights where the house is quiet. There are no or few cars on the streets. And the house makes its own noises.

Sometimes I read.

Hopefully, I have it in me to sit in front of my computer and write that nightmare down.

Author: Chuck Lang

Chuck Lang is a writer of science fiction and horror. Influenced by his years as a carpenter, four years serving in the US Navy, and his fifteen years teaching literature, he holds an MFA in Writing (Fiction) from Lindenwood University. After completing his first manuscript, the supernatural horror novel DEAD GODS, in 2019, he has begun work on its two sequels, DEAD GODS: INHERITANCE and DEAD GODS: RESOLUTION. He is currently developing two additional projects, an urban fantasy horror novel and a military science fiction novel. He lives and writes near the frequently flooded Red River in Fargo, ND with his wife and two redhead sons.

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