Guest spot: The story of the picture

Would you like to know where the dream house picture at the top of this blog came from? I’ll let Mooncakelizzie explain… Picturing the House of Dreams, by Mooncakelizzie I’ve been interested in creative writing for the past eleven years. Attending a multitude of classes and groups freed up a rabble of short stories and some novels, jointly written with someone who’s now a friend, met at one of Jen’s workshop series. These have not the rigidly defined tick-box ‘outcomes’ of formal courses, but are absolutely absorbing and simply fun to take part in. In particular, ‘Writing in the House of Dreams’ opened up a kind of secret garden I’d lived alongside almost unaware. There, for example, I could meet myself at younger ages, and also a hidden self who was growing, maybe pupating under a cabbage-leaf in a homely but boundless place.

Liz's first dream hut picture

The first dream house drawing I made was during a workshop. We all told a dream, and then chose an image from one person’s dream to draw. We wrote three words to describe it. Then we asked three questions to spark a story – ‘Who finds it? Why are they there? What happens next?’

Liz's second hut

At home, I did more drawings. I began to put daydreams in, of living near the sea in a beautiful Oast conversion. A bit of Kentish beach; a view imagined from my little house.

Then a night scene, an isolated hut on a wild headland with distant lights of other houses far away across the water. I don’t consciously know what’s inside.

Here, I can hold dreams, experiences, events and things I’ve picked up or eavesdropped on while careering openly in and out of that world behind the ‘hedge.’

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4 thoughts on “Guest spot: The story of the picture”

    1. I’m really pleased that people seem to like these pictures. And I’m pleased for myself, that a theme initiated in a writing environment should also unleash some other creative outlet that had been hidden away and would never have come out without the dream workshops.(In fact, the formal “art” classes etc that I have attended have generally caused me to entirely stop doing any drawings/ pictures.) My advice is, try the dreaming as a source of creativity not only about writing and see where it takes you.

  1. Spooky… paused to look at the picture and I wonder where it came from, before I read the post – and there was the explanation!

  2. I love it when that happens, Malaika. I think any group begins to kind of tune in around dreams. Haven’t tried it in the virtual world before…

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