I am not an author. Occasionally I have an idea for a story but I've never been inspired to invent and connect ideas to make a convincing tale.
Recently; however, possibly because of some medication I have to take*, I started having long involved dreams that subjectively go on for hours. They have logic, surprises, and interaction with individuals all wrapped up in a mini-drama. I can remember them in detail when I wake up and even recall conversations with NPCs.
I am puzzled how my sleeping imagination is so much more productive than my waking - even to the point of surprising me with the events that occur (How is that possible?).
One of the dreams was quite Lovecraftian. Some are concerned with my breaking the law and being on the run. Others are of adventures such as going on a road trip with no resources other than a damaged phone that is hard to operate.
Is it known whether some authors regularly draw inspiration from their dreams? Is this a recognized 'technique'?
*Spare me the jokes about illegal substances! Requests for information on this drug will be ignored. This is a necessary and prescribed medicine for a genuine condition. As far as I know, it is not thought to be hallucinogenic. I could even be wrong about this being the cause of the dreams.