By Clare R Johnson, PhD

Clifftop Flower

Deep creativity: the lucid dream key


Imagine your novel characters telling you how they really feel in a lucid dream, or seeing incredible artwork in a dream gallery and waking up to reproduce it.

By asking questions in a dream, or using intent to summon dream figures, lucid dreamers can prompt an outpouring of creativity which relates specifically to a current project or idea.

When I was doing my PhD on lucid dream creativity, I interviewed lucid dreaming artists and writers to discover how they worked with dream lucidity for creative inspiration. In this video I talk to Dr Keith Hearne, who composes symphonies in his lucid and non-lucid dreams and was the first to scientifically prove the existence of lucid dreaming in 1975. We also chat about my lucid dream-inspired novels, Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner, which were written with the help of the lucid dreams I had throughout the writing process.

Novel characters can really come to life in lucid dreams, and it turns out they are not shy to let the author know if they aren’t happy about something!


About the Author

Dr Clare JohnsonA prolific lucid dreamer, Clare Johnson was the first person to do a PhD on lucid dreaming as a creative tool. She is creator of the transformative Lucid Writing method, and author of two lucid dream-inspired novels, Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner.View all posts by Dr Clare Johnson →


  1. Brandon James
    Brandon James03-17-2016

    Hi there, I am a song writer and have come to a point in my life where I find it difficult to write these songs in my waking. When I had the idea to start writing my songs inside my dreams, I came about your website..Ive found that I can tell time, read sentences, and respond in writing..I was wondering about any techniques that I can use to further help me become lucid. There are many triggers that when I wake up I realize should have triggered me to become lucid but you have any tips on how I can fully get there?

    Thank you so much,


    • Dr Clare Johnson
      Dr Clare Johnson03-17-2016

      Hi Brandon,
      try replaying any dream where there was an obvious lucidity cue, and strongly imagine yourself recognising that cue and becoming lucid in that dream. Continue your visualisation by imagining yourself doing something wonderful that you’d really like to do when you next get lucid. It’s good to have a ‘goal’ that you really want to try in your next lucid dream, as this will make you feel truly enthusiastic about getting lucid. Hope this helps, and good luck with the lucid song writing!

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