Please forgive the foray into pop psychology. I was thinking about dreams and how they turn into stories and wondering how it works for you all:
I have had dreams that were fully realized stories (details and all) that I later wrote down. And dreams that I combined with other dreams or weird real-life events for further stories. Granted, the stories are surreal. But I guess I'm too fascinated not to write them.
Nightmares always end themselves before anything bad can truly happen. I never figured out "lucid" dreaming so I can't let bad things happen to me or loved ones while I watch - something in my subconscious wakes me, I guess. Still, even without endings, these dreams are pretty powerful and may also find themselves in stories.
How do you dream, and do they ever directly impact your stories?