The Agonies of Channelling

Both of my Psychic novels wrote themselves, although the seminal idea for Psychic Dawn came to me many years ago.

Writing was effortless. I just let my fingers do the walking, describing the scenes unfolding in my mind, without the slightest idea of what was going to happen next.

I felt relaxed and comfortable after several hours and several thousand words of writing.

What’s strange is that a long day of writing inevitably resulted in a very stressful night. In short ten or twenty minute episodes, I’d dream of struggling to develop a particular story line, going nowhere and coming back to the beginning, again and again and again. All night long.

You’d expect the opposite. That stories would unfold effortlessly in dreams but require agonising planning and analysis in the waking state.

In the Afterword to Psychic Awakening I mentioned that the descriptions of Megan’s psychic episodes came from my own experiences. I’m finding it difficult to compare those experiences with those of waking-state writing and dream-state writing.

I suspect it has something to do with the trance state, which is probably neurologically different from any of the dream states.

Book Two (Psychic Dawn) is nearing completion. I still have no idea how it’s going to finish. I’m taking a two-day break before tackling the climax. I’ve caught a tiny glimpse of the next scene of the book and it’s going to be very, very difficult to put into words.

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