― The following is syndicated from the blog of JeanNicole Rivers and is posted here with permission. ∙ 1. Never begin a story in a dream. ∙ Why not? What better place to start a story? Dreams are the imagination’s playground and we should never shut them down, not even in our writing. Dreams are where some of my best stories begin and usually I don’t even know that I am there until I wake up. Allow art to imitate life, but if you begin your story in a dream, make it big and [...].