Hi, first time starting a discussion here so, I'm a bit nervous. I don't know if the topic has been brought up in the forums before, so I apologize if it has, but, I've been reflecting on my past lucid dreams and noticed that my brain sometimes stalls when I want something to happen. I'll provide some examples first.
Example 1 - my second ever lucid dream. It started with 3 false awakenings (waking up in the dream, realizing it was a dream, getting too excited, repeat) before I was able to actually do anything. Me, being (and still am) a noobie to lucid dreaming, starts flying (on my second attempt) and I remember dream goals that I have set in mind. I create a portal (also on my second try, this whole dream required what I have nicknamed the "flip it" approach where I have to just stop caring about everything) and, in my mind, think of where I want to go. I fly into the portal and it's probably the most "you tried" results ever as, instead of being 3d in a realistic world, it's in a 2d video game and I wasn't even the character I wanted to be. I was someone close to the character I wanted (in terms of personality) and I was technically in a setting that I could have been in (if it wasn't a 2d video game).
Example 2 - probably my longest lucid dream. I have had a few in between this dream and the example above, so, I would think I would be a little bit more experienced. To cut things short (though something at the beginning was super interesting in terms of what happened), I had gone to a concert for my favorite band. It was in a small-ish building in a town near me. I went in and found out it was an album launch concert. Cool! I wait around while they set up and the timer for when it'll start keeps getting pushed back. I start getting a bit anxious and talk to my friend beside me, but, it keeps getting pushed back. I wake up with the concert not even starting.
In the first example, I consider it stalling since I basically threw my brain into another direction than it had be intended to do (false awakening, probably was going to be a dream about being in my house if I hadn't noticed it was a dream). In the second example, my brain kept stalling as it probably couldn't come up with a new song in an instant, pushing the timer farther and farther back. I find these two dreams frustrating as I was so close to actually doing/experiencing something I wanted to in a dream than just following the dream plot only half aware. Is this a common occurrence for anyone else and is there a way to kind of "cure" this? Does it start to fade once more experience is gained or is it something that we have to learn to manage? I apologize if this isn't coherent enough or has been explained/answered before, but, I thought it was an interesting topic just for discussion in general!