Why I Love My Morning Pages
In the book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, one of the exercises recommended for stimulating creativity is writing morning pages. This writing advice can help clear your mind and leave your creativity free.
How do you do it? Sit down first thing in the morning, before you do anything else. That means don’t check your email or social media, attempt to do serious work first. I love this exercise, although I have my own special way to do it.
I do my morning pages before I do anything else. I start with a brain dump into my journal, writing down whatever is on my mind. If I haven’t done the exercise in a while, that ends up being a lot!
Sometimes what I write has to do with my novel. Other times, things that I’ve been thinking or worrying about. Sometimes I write about my novel and work through plot problems.
Most times what I’m writing about has nothing to do with my novel, but rather about what’s keeping me from my novel. I may write about financial concerns, an interpersonal issue with a friend, or something that brings me joy. In short, putting down everything that I’m thinking of whether it’s positive or negative. In fact, I usually do my best to make sure that I’m not placing judgment on my feelings. Just put them down.
Have you ever tried doing a morning pages exercise in this way? How has it made you feel moving forward with the rest of your day and creative work?
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