Writing Should Be Like Dreaming—and Here's Why

I've been dreaming a lot lately … the kind of dreams that last all night. The ones that tell a continuous story—an eight-hour saga that grips my interest and never lets go. It's had me thinking.

Like me, you’ve probably had a few dreams in your life that you never wanted to end. Sometimes I'll wake up from a dream and try to go to sleep again to continue the dream (why does that never work?) because it’s just that good—like a thrilling book I can't put down.

So here's my question: if the human brain is so great at telling stories while we sleep, why is writing a novel so hard?

Is it possible to write a story as good as your dreams … an