11 Famous Books You Had No Idea Began As Dreams

Artists and creatives are known to struggle with ideas from time to time. Writer’s block can happen to anyone, regardless of their skill. To combat this, writers like Tolkein found inspiration while grading exam papers, and Maya Angalou advises to never stop writing words, even if they make no sense. Each creative has their different method of harnessing creativity.

Most prolific artists, authors, and creatives find inspiration wherever they can — even in their dreams. From Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory to John Lennon’s “#9 Dream,” dreams have a history of inspiring the most creative works of art.

Since dreams are often linked to creativity, it’s no surprise that the world’s famous artists were also prolific dreamers. Dreams connect information, ideas, and memories, often synthesizing them into interesting new experiences and occurrences. For those who easily remember their dreams, they become a source of inspiration for years.

As many of the most easily remembered dreams are bizarre, fantastical, or otherwise nightmarish, it makes sense that they often result in well-known horror novels, like much of Stephen King’s work.

As an artist or creative, you too can find inspiration in your dreams for your work. All it takes is getting enough rest and some practice recalling and recording your dreams. For insights on which of your favorite novels were inspired by dreams, and how you can leverage your own dreams, check out this infographic below.

Famous Books that Began As Dreams

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