So, I’ve had a go at writing the dream sequence after remembering that there are actually two types of dreams that are less symbolic and more literal than your average dream – these are lucid dreams and prophetic dreams.
Lucid dreams are where you are consciously aware that you are dreaming and can therefore control (at least to some extent) the dream itself. Prophetic dreams are like a foretelling of events to come.
In my sequence, I wanted the dreamer to have no control whatsoever, I also wanted it to be just obscure enough that they couldn’t just know what it meant. I also wanted them to dismiss the dream as a nightmare on one level, but subconsciously be aware that it was something more – so a prophetic dream fitted the bill nicely.
The reason for having the dream is to foreshadow events to come so that the reader has an aha! moment when the event happens and a number of other seemingly disconnected facts suddenly make sense and show a likeable character in an entirely different light. Well that’s the plan anyway, we’ll see if I have the writing chops to pull it off…