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Not a dream I had, but advice from a dreamer:

Dreams are bizarre, thrilling, hilarious, wish-fulfilling, mysterious, sexy, frightening, and, above all, entertaining. They may very well reveal the secrets of our subconscious. But dreams are also hard to remember. Maintaining a dream journal is a way of keeping those dreams alive. I have written my dreams down almost every day since May 2006. Flipping through my dream journals and sharing my dreams with friends and family has led to hours of fun. I hope to one day publish an anthology of my dreams to expose my subconscious to the rest of the world. If you are a writer or an artist, recording your dreams can provide you with surreal inspiration for your creative work. Here is how you can save your dreams for eternity:

1. Get plenty of sleep. The more hours you sleep every night, the more chance you have of dreaming. Also, your mind will be sharper, making it easier to remember your dreams.

2. Set aside a notebook as your dream journal. Any kind will do. I use a plain Mead Composition book. Perhaps you will prefer something with a more flowery design. Choose something that you will enjoy writing in every day.

3. I recommend dating your dreams. When you go back and look over your past dreams, having the dates as a reference will allow you to remember what was going on in your life at the time you dreamed a particular dream. You can date according to the night before, or the morning after, or do as I do and use both dates. Whichever option you choose, it is best to be consistent.

4. Upon waking, write your dream(s) down as soon as you can. If for some reason you cannot do it right away (and who can, with work, school, morning workout regimens, etc.), recite them into a tape recorder or write down short notes that cover the key plot points of your dreams.

5. (This step is recommended, but not necessary. You may find that you prefer writing strategies that differ from mine.) Choose a writing style and stick with it. I write in the past tense and use minimal subjectivity. You can use whatever tense you prefer (though future tense would be odd), but I would definitely recommend objectivity. Focus on description; analysis can come later. Instead of writing, “I showed up to work in my underwear, and this means that I am nervous about a big presentation I have to give,” just write that you showed up to work in your underwear. Include as many details as possible to capture the full spectrum of your dreams.

6. If you forgot a dream before you have a chance to write it, do not despair. You may come across something or someone later in the day that will jog your memory. Focus on people, places, and events that you can relate to your waking hours to be able to recover the memory of your dreams.

7. After keeping a dream journal regularly for some time (several months or more), you will likely find that it is becoming easier to remember your dreams. You may no longer need to write them down right away. Be prepared to adapt to changes in your dream recording style.

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