Long, long ago, there were workshops on "lucid dreaming '. I'm not quite sure how I ended up going to one. But...it was an interesting weekend, and I did learn a few things.
Here it is years (decades) later, and I am still practicing, and still learning.
It's always an interesting experience to me when I can actually 'plan' my dream. And it has come in handy when I've needed some problem solving, that obviously I'm just not seeing.
But, it's inexact, so it doesn't always work out the way I planned.
What I have found works for me is incorportating some of the meditation techniques, with the dream direction techniques from the workshop.
The other thing I have noticed is, I am more able to recall dreams, especially when I've been working on a lucid track. Even the ones I haven't directed.
I try to write down my dreams as soon as I wake up. Now except for the ones that are totally random, and my head playing in dreamland; such as trying to catch a giant green butterfly, most of my dreams take patterns that usually can be traced to specific points.The lucid dreaming techiniques enable me to work through some of the crisis moments a lot easier.
I'd love to be able to work through one that is relatively fresh to me, but it's still at the nightmare stage. So, maybe not.