Date: 12/15/13 09:44 am Title: Mary-Sue: How to Write Dream and Flashback Sequences
This is some very good advice, particularly the suggestion that a writer should never avoid writing dream sequences and flashbacks just because someone else advises them not to. You are absolutely right to say that if a writer has difficulty with a genre, the way to improve is to persevere, not give up. I have an old psychology textbook that I use for subconscious symbolism, but I will definitely take your advice and find some books that describe and explain the symbols intrinsic to other cultures.
Thanks for an interesting and thought provoking read.
Author's Response: You're very welcome, and thank you for letting me know that you liked what I have written. I very much appreciate it. I was just reading a book on vodou, and this woman who has degrees in psychology was also initiated in Haiti; there was a part where she talked about dreams--how psychologist would give dream advice, and how vodou would give advice. Psychologists seem to dance around symbolism while a vodou practitioner would go straight to the point.
Psy: "You dreamed about snakes, so that means...."
Vo: "You dreamed about a snake chasing you and you felt fear. Stay away from snakes."
I just found it kind of funny and entertaining.