Apr 23, 2010

S is for Stories from the Subconscious

S is for Stories from the Subconscious
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.


  1. I'm pretty much convinced that hypnotism can help with a lot of things where you need to get at the subconscious.

    On the other hand, the Agatha Christie articles is just strange!

  2. I've been enjoying your A-Z challenge posts. BTW, I have an award for you at my site. Have a great weekend.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. Interesting post - and something I've never considered. The dream stuff intrigues me though. Who know? Maybe there is something there.

  4. Very cool post. I really like what you've been doing with the A-Z challenge. :)

  5. Good post - I'm too much of a coward and a control-freak to ever get hypnotized :) I'd be too terrified to doing something stupid to relax enough.

    Sorry for taking so long to follow back. First I couldn't link through your photo, then my computer went belly up and I've been blogging on an iPod touch - not easy! I've managed to snag my kid's computer for tonight :)

  6. Hi,
    I dream every night, in technicolor, even! Never been hypnotized, and I don't think anyone could, because I am too strong minded. For me a night without dreams is a night wasted. Ha.
    Great post, too.

  7. I might give the hypnosis thing a shot. I very seldom remember my dreams, but when I do I realize my subconscious life is a lot more interesting than my conscious one. I'd like to experience more of what my brain does while I sleep. BTW I have an award for you on my blog.