Trouble putting my dreams into words

I have had vivid dreams for as long as I can remember. I think lots of those dreams would be interesting to capture as well as interesting to make into short stories, especially since I have quite a few recurring dreams or recurring settings in my dreams. I really would like to start capturing my settings in writing because I find some of them are so bizarre that they deserved to be captured in writing.

The dilemma that I am having is the description of the settings. I am finding it hard to find the words to describe exactly what I see in my dreams or the correct way to describe the hotel or shopping centre that manifests in my dreams. Maybe I am thinking too much about finding the perfect words to describe the setting. Maybe I just need to type away and try shutting off my mind to see what comes out for the description.

The only technique that seems to prove remotely useful for me, at this point, is getting up right after I have a dream and type it out. That doesn’t seem to prove particularly useful for my sleep habits. The other thing that I am thinking about doing to purchase a voice activated tape recorder to keep by my bedside.


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