I think when we consciously try to come up with a story, we tend to stick too closely to tropes and conventions, so it ends up feeling boring. Dreams don't care about rules or logic. They have no filter. That's what makes them such a great source of creativity.>>992
This is probably true. The real magic happens just after you wake up, when your half-lucid mind tries to make sense of the dream. That's the one moment when we are able to mediate between raw sensory impressions and structured, conceptual thought.
Most of my good ideas have emerged from that state of mind.