How to Write a Sleep Walking Scene


Part One

  1. What are they doing and what is happening while the vision comes? Where are they?

»A. Where are they currently standing, sitting, floating, etc? With whom? How is the atmosphere, weather, and surroundings cooperating? Is it safe to have a vision?

I. The can be anywhere from the bed to the middle of battling the enemy. Could be on the ground safe and sound of falling midair from something. Are they with loved ones, strangers or by themselves?  
II. Do they touch something to have the vision begin? Is the loud or cold or hot weather preventing the character from going deep into the vision. Are they drifting in an out? Is someone or something doing anything they can to stop the vision from happening? WHy? 

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»B. What protects them while they have a vision?What happens to their body, hands and whatever activities they were doing when the vision comes? ?

I. A group of people, their own powers or creatures/animals can protect them? Especially if this vision is important. If it is an expected occurrence how do the protectors prepare? If it’s a first time thing or rare occurrence, how do they try to prepare? The most likely wasn’t ready so they have to wing it.  
II. During a battle the enemy may continue to fight them or even finish them off. A vision that comes during an activity with people around, the people might stare, try to call for help, etc. Whatever the character was holding is dropped or ruined.

III. Perhaps what they were doing intentionally led them to the vision. Were they meditating, praying, in seclusion? How about sitting still? Maybe they had to do something dangerous in order to get the vision. If so, what did they do and what is happening now?


Part Two

    1. What is the vision meant to unveil or conceal?

»A. What is at stake? Is there a threat, an enemy, good or bad coming? What does the future hold and what is in the past?

I. What answer do they need retrieve? How much time do they have? Who are they protecting? What are they protecting? Is this the last vision they’ll have? Is the vision not clear enough? Is this not the right vision? Is this vision missing something or something is added that the character wasn’t prepared for? Does it feel like it’s a little too real?  
II. What symbolism is in the vision? Is there anything attacking the person in the vision? Do they have more peace in the vision then outside of it and don’t want to leave? Are they afraid of what they discovered? Can they make it to the end of the vision or are they stuck?

III.Does the future look promising? Will they be able to experience the future? Have they been lied to about their past? Is something about their past not what it seemed? What about the future connects to the past? How does the present affect their future… affects least in the vision? Who won’t be apart of their future? How is the character taking it? 

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»B. To conceal, a vision might erase memories, distort, twist, turn memories, rewind them or reverse them. A vision could be in black and white or without audio.

I. Who is controlling the vision? Has this vision been ambushed? What has the character lost in the vision, is this vision repetitive and isn’t quite the same. Do they take a new understanding from the vision? “Wait, that building wasn’t there before! What does this mean?”. 
II.  If it’s in black and white then what is the purpose? Why is there no sound? Why can the character only see ghosts or only the heads of people but not their bodies? Can they make sense of what the people are saying if they can’t hear or understand a word?


Part Three

    1. What happens in the vision?

»A. Who lived and who passed away? What is to be taken seriously about the vision? Is the character seeing in first person (I) or in third person (she/he) or omniscient?

I. What is the meat of the vision? What can the reader and the character both take away? What is clear and unclear? Who dies and how? Can the character someone prevent that from happening in real life?
II. Has a vision like this happened before? If so, what happened? Is it meant to be 100 percent correct or wrong? Can anything be restored? What sacrafices must the character make to have a dream like this and why do they believe it’s worth it? 
III. You’ve probably already decided how the character is viewing this, but don’t be afraid to change it mid-scene. Examples:

– Character was in omniscient view to see the entire world being destroyed only to be put in first person view to see the destruction (more detailed) in his hometown.
– Character was in third person view to see how friends would betray him/her only to be put back in first person view to complete the vision.

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»B. Is it lucid? Can they change things, do things with full awareness in the vision? Who do they interact with?

I. Do they know it’s a vision or have they forgot because it feels so real? Can they direct their own moves? Other people’s moves? Do they have powers? Can they reverse or go forward like a movie? Or are they being dragged around like a robot or a observer. Do they have a say of how the vision goes? Can they willfully remove themselves from the vision? Would they do things they normally wouldn’t in real life in the vision?
II. Do they have nerves? Do they need to use the restroom at all? How much times goes by in this vision? Who can they speak with? Who acts differently? Are the real earth rules still applicable such as gravity and laws?


Part Four

    1. Meanwhile, what is happening in the real world?

»A. What are people doing and how is the world working??

I. Are people afraid that the person is dead? Does anyone do anything to wake them up? Is anyone else having a vision, or are able to touch the character to see what vision they are having. Is that person telling others what the character is seeing?

II. Is the vision currently happening in real life as the character is having the vision? Is the vision about to happen in real life?Is the world still in one peace? How the character left it when they dozed off? 

»B. What is happening to the character’s body and mind?

I. How are their bodies reacting to the dream? Is the character’s spirit rising from their bodies? Having a seizure, a paralysis? Stopped breathing? Doing the things that they are doing in the vision, almost like sleep walking?



Part Five

    1. How has the vision ended?

»A. Was it prematurely? Did it end abruptly? Was there a smooth transition back to reality?

I. When they finished their journey they could hug the horse, pat it on the head, give the horse a treat, kiss it on the forehead, adopt the horse, take pictures with the horse, cry, speak to the horse or even share the horses hoof. 

II. For someone not too happy, they may just walk away, yell at, laugh or plain be rude to the horse. It may or may not even have been the horses fault.
III. Lastly, if a bond has been formed that once was not there to begin with, their is a different type of goodbye. Whether the ride first met the horse or didn’t like the horse at first but now loves it. The character/rider could stare into the horses eyes as a silent goodbye, wave goodbye from a distances, share a carrot with the animal, groom the animal one last time, rest their head on the animal’s body or simply refuse to get off the horse.


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