My work is emotionally autobiographical. It has no relationship to the actual events of my life, but it reflects the emotional currents of my life ~Tennessee Williams
This quotation from Tenessee Williams seems to me to encapsulate where dreams and creative writing are the same.
Being literal-minded, if we try to relate the writing to the author we only do it in a direct way, wondering whether the people in the story are based on real people or the events are things the author has actually experienced.
We do the same with dreams, especially if we focus only on the symbols and not the emotions.
But even where we don’t find any obvious connection between the story and the author, the dream and the dreamer, it is powerfully there because dreams, like fiction, are simply story-versions of the dreamer’s or author’s emotional experiences.
Have you ever written a story that seemed to have nothing to do with your own life, only to realise later that it was ‘emotionally autobiographical’?