I’m sort of an on-and-off lucid dreamer. There will be periods in a year where I’ll work on my dream recall and try to improve my lucid dreaming ability. I’m now in my first week of this year’s effort lol. Yeah, I know I should stick with it for longer.
Anyway, as always I have to build up my recall from scratch. It goes a little faster every year, but the basics remain the same. Focus on your intent to remember dreams before you go to sleep and then just write down anything you can when you wake up. You can always weave those keywords into stories later during the day. But keep in mind that building up dream recall takes a little time. For me it’s usually about 2 weeks to go from “virtually nothing” to 3-5 dreams a night, but for others it takes a little longer.
Also, everyone has dry spells. There was a period last year where I remembered about 2-6 dreams a night for 3 straight weeks, and then suddenly there were three days with no recall at all.
It depends a lot on what you’ve got going in your life. You kinda need a steady sleeping rhythm to remember a lot of dreams, but by far the most important things are:
- the intention to remember dreams (work on this before you go to sleep - a couple of minutes should suffice)
- keeping track of ANYTHING you remember
And, once again, dry spells happen. It’s natural. Just keep writing down everything you remember, however minor. Before long you’ll be like me where you even remember what direction the wind was blowing in a dream.
I also often read dream journals of other prominent LD4all members to get more inspiration. The more I read about other people’s great dreams the more motivated I am to have dreams that rival theirs.