Writing Dreams — Dreams of Writing

Dreams are boring.

That’s a rule in fiction.

Also in life. No one wants to hear about your dreams.

Not your night dreams, or nightmares, and not even your regular life dreams or goals: The former lacks narrative structure (“and then you were flying? Wait, I thought you were a shark?”) the latter makes people nervous because they may not be in touch with their own naked ambition.

I don’t want to bore you, but myself have very literal dreams: I’m always in a car, or a bicycle or moped, or whatever I’m driving at the time, and either I can’t find the brakes, or I’m not moving, or I’ve missed my exit, or something so obvious I can’t even call it a metaphor.

Never write about your dreams. 


My writing dreams are equally boring.

I just want to write.

Sure, I want to write books and essays and treatments and articles — but that’s just form, not content. And maybe I say this only because I’m in the middle of book publicity and marketing, but most days, the days I feel really good are the days I just….

Write. And Dream.


Author: Amy Klein

Amy Klein is the author of "The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind," (Ballantine, 2020) based on her New York Times "Fertility Diary" column. Her writing on health, science, reproduction and essays has also appeared in Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, Aeon and more.