I know this seems obvious but I wish to know

I would like to say that I am quite a vivid dreamer, and it may seem truly obvious that dreams are where many worlds are born, such as Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter, but I have always wanted to write a novel like this or multiple stories set in a world of my own creation. Could dreams help me out with this? Could they help me with names and help me with creating a vision to design this world for myself. I have dreamt of making of a world since I was a little kid, and have even lived them out with my friends in the woods, all coming from these dreams I had. So is it a good place to start?


closed as primarily opinion-based by Renan, adaliabooks, L.Dutch, JBH, RonJohn Apr 4 '18 at 18:52

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    $\begingroup$ Names are the easiest part -- there are many name generators free to use. Vision is harder, and yes, here dreams can help a lot -- both night dreams and day dreams. The hardest of all is materializing the vision, transforming it from an ethereal impression into a satisfying narrative, and here you get to choose between keeping the dream-like atmosphere (e.g., Stanislaw Lem's Solaris), developing it into a detailed world (e.g., Tolkien's Middle Earth or George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire), or finding a middle path like a very vivid dream (e.g., Gustave Flaubert's Salammbô). $\endgroup$ – AlexP Apr 4 '18 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ So have you had a dream that you want to turn into a world? Or are you asking if it's possible for it to be viable? $\endgroup$ – hszmv Apr 4 '18 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ Somebody (citation needed) started his most famous speech with "I have a dream", and he somehow managed to build a new world. However I am afraid your question, or hint for discussion, is misplaced here. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Apr 4 '18 at 18:05
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    $\begingroup$ I regret that this question will be closed because, while you're asking a perfectly factual question about the source of imagination and creativity, you're not actually asking a question about how to build a world. It's a thin line. Nevertheless... YES, dreams are a perfectly good place to start. Check this out. $\endgroup$ – JBH Apr 4 '18 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ I wouldn't be surprised if this is closed as too opinion-based, to be honest. Every idea starts from somewhere, and no one can tell you whether one starting point is better than the other, because it honestly varies depending on your world. $\endgroup$ – Pleiades Apr 4 '18 at 18:36