I have been interested in lucid dreaming for around 30 years, but have only experienced very sporadic success with having lucid dreams. I have an extremely active dream life--if I'm sleeping-I'm dreaming--unless I'm extremely tired, sick, or in a strange place. In my dreams I am hyper-creative--I have written entire books, short stories, plays, songs, complex piano pieces, I have painted fantastic works of art--but when I awaken I can only remember fragments of what I dreamt. I have been trying unsuccessfully to use lucid dreaming as a way to not only control my creative dreams but to help me manifest what I dream in this aspect of life. I have had some great lucid dreams when they occur, which could be only 2 or 3 times in a year, but I have had little control of the dream. Usually when I go lucid I start touching everything--the walls, the grass, etc. because it seems so incredibly real--I have been certain in some of my ld's that I was at an actual place. But I get so caught up in how startling real everything seems, that I don't move beyond this. I am trying to immerse myself in the literature, etc. in hopes of moving forward--I believe we all are capable of far greater things in this life. I welcome any advice, suggestions, encouragement, whatever!!