Stephen King, in his book, ‘On Writing,’ describes how emerging from a writing session feels like waking from a dream. Everyone who writes will have had that experience of being in ‘the writer’s trance,’ so absorbed in the world of the story that the real world fades clean away.
If someone phones me when I’m in the middle of writing, I find it hard to follow the conversation because my mind is in a different mode. The creative mind is relaxed, receptive, inwardly-focused, whereas the day-mind looks outward, rapidly assessing events according to the evidence of the senses and rational thought.
As writers, we have to be able to immerse ourselves in the inner world, whatever the pull of the world outside, with all its demands and distractions.
Establishing regular dream recalling and recording is wonderful practice for this, in that it also requires us to hold the middle ground between fact and fantasy, not allowing the dayworld to sweep the story away before we are ready.