During a normal night’s sleep, your dream episodes will typically last for between 15 and 45 minutes. However, you can cram whole lifetimes of experience into each of these dreams by only generating dream events that actually move your dream story along.
Like a top Hollywood screenwriter, you constantly keep the plot unfolding as you explore the fundamental motives of the characters in your dreams. Although your dream appears to occur in real time, it actually happens in story time as you choose and connect the most important events for your characters to experience.
When Christopher Nolan was dreaming up his film ‘Inception’, he sketched out a diagram of how the five separate dream narratives would unfold in parallel and you can see his dreaming mind at work by clicking on the sketch in the picture. The sketch is from the book of the Inception Shooting Script.