Dream sequences in novels—when and how can they be effective?

This is a great article on including dreams in novels. Click on the below link. There are also some great passages below.

Source: Dream sequences in novels—when and how can they be effective?

When considering the relevance of your dream sequence, think about what revelation or clue to a revelation the dreaming character is obtaining. If there are no clues or revelations, it may be that the dream is meant to haunt the character by bringing up a painful, or perhaps guilt-ridden, memory. If none of these factors apply, you may want to rethink whether to include the dream sequence at all. Oftentimes irrelevant dream sequences make their way into drafts of a novel because the authors like how they were written. Make sure you’re not shoehorning a dream sequence into the story just because.

 

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