I've always envied the authors who say they get ideas for their novels in their dreams. My dream life has been quiet on the Useful Idea front.
Woody Allen giving me advice on writing -- yes.
Agents telling me to go to conferences to meet them (before I got my own agent) -- yes.
Editors urging me to finish my novel and submit it to them before they die of old age -- yes.
Novel ideas -- forget it.
Until last night, when my subconscious provided something interesting and different. A strange SF/horror thriller type thing. Not my usual genre or style at all. But so cool. I resolved to write it down before I forgot it.
When I woke I wondered whether it was familiar, after all, so I used Google to research it.
It wasn't fresh and different.
I had dreamed about Dean Koontz's novel, "Watchers."
Thanks a lot, subconscious.