- Make sure your paper and pen are right by your bedside, chances are you won't bother getting up in the night to find them.
- If you can't see well enough to write immediately (my eyes are blurry for about an hour after waking), you can say the dream out loud to help solidify the memory.
- Think about your WIP as you drift off to sleep. Talk to your characters, this might help you dream about them.
- Don't try to write a sensible narrative of your dream, just scrible images and interactions as you remember them. They don't have to make sense, you can use them as writing prompts later.
- Meditate before sleep to promote vivid dreams. I've posted about hypnosis for writing before in Stories from the Subconscious I use a hypnosis recording on my iPhone. You can also learn self-hypnosis. Try iTunes for plenty of free hypnosis podcasts.
- Fall asleep listening to an audio book. I do this accidently sometimes and it always prompts weird dreams.
- Reading fiction right before bed can get your brain in an imaginative mood.
Do you have any tips on encouraging vivid dreams?