S is also for sceptical, and that's how I've always viewed hypnotism and subliminal messages in the past. But, boredom will open our minds to many things. Once I realised I was running out of options for audiobooks on iTunes on the craft of writing (there really aren't enough), I decided on a whim to download:
Inspired Novel: Creativity Hypnosis for Novelists by Maggie Dubris.
My review? This audio-recording is designed to be listened to at bedtime. Background sounds of a rainforest and a soothing voice guide you through. You relax, listen to the instructions and inspiration will follow. Apparently the recording is over 26 minutes long, but I can only vouch for about the first 5. I've listened to this tape six nights in a row and six nights in a row I fell asleep and didn't get to hear the good bits. Or did I?
I have to add this week I have had vivid and imaginative dreams every night, each one providing interesting plot ideas (unfortunately none that relate to my WIPs). Also, I remember every dream clearly the next day. So perhaps I am hearing the tape subliminally? I've heard hypnosis can be helpful for writer's block, quitting smoking or raising suppressed memories, I can tell you it's great for getting to sleep :-). Have you tried relaxation methods for inspiration?
Studies now suggest Agatha Christie used hypnosis on her readers to make her novels difficult to put down. You can read the whole article by clicking on the link:
For some reason the link needs to be refreshed once loaded - it is worth it though :-)
Don't wake me... I'm writing.