Z for Zzzzzz #A to Z Challenge

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Whew–the end of the A to Z Challenge and for the second year we made it! Tonight I shall be having a well-deserved zizz.

Have you remarked how often in novels and especially in cozy mysteries, the main character tosses and turns and eventually teases out a particularly tiresome clue in his sleep?

A dream sequence appears almost obligatory at some point. It underlines the mental strain the hero or heroine is suffering, it re-presents clues in a different format. It also allows for your main character not to be on top form the next day so that yet another complication in the plot can appear more baffling than it really is. 🙂

I’m not a great fan of the dream sequence in cozy mysteries but like it or not, it is omnipresent.

Sweet dreams–not-so-sweet dreams. I’m off for a well-deserved Zzzzzz.

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3 thoughts on “Z for Zzzzzz #A to Z Challenge”

  1. Actually, sleep plays a vital role in the creative process. When I was young, I couldn’t understand why my music teachers wanted me to practice a little bit every day. It wasn’t until much, much later (as in university) that I attended a masterclass that explained why.

    The chemistry of the brain needs to go through cycles. When one is awake, the Conscience is alert and active and gathers all the info. Then, when the body is asleep and the brain’s chemistry is refreshing, the Subconscious takes over. It sorts through all the info gathered during the day and makes sense of it. Usually the results of this present itself in the morning, when everything seems to be clearer, but sometimes it will manifest itself in the remembered dreams.

    This is one of the reasons we’re told to “sleep on it” with important decisions. Also, if we are learning something for long-term benefit (like music), a little bit of practice every day is more beneficial than one big practice session once a week. We practice our skills every day, then as we sleep, the brain sorts and processes what we worked on and makes sense of it. We retain our music skills better this way.

    As for a mystery character waking up with the solution to the problem, of course it happens all the time. That’s because in real life, this sort of thing has been documented.

  2. I don’t mind a dream sequence if it’s done well, but it doesn’t ring especially true for me. I don’t think many mysteries are ever solved this way in real life

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