Monday, November 2, 2009

Morning Pages

In the book The Artist's Way, the first activity which Julia Cameron prescribes for Creatives is Morning Pages for personal and creative growth.

Morning Pages are 3 pages written longhand, stream of consciousness, and are meant to clear your mind for the day. Do them as soon as you wake up, before you do anything else.

"3 PAGES!?!!?" you might gasp, "I'll NEVER have time for that!"

Oh but yes you will! You'd be surprised how fast you can write. I've gotten mine down to about 12 minutes.

Don't think about what you're writing, just write out what's in your head. It doesn't even have to be sentences, just words, ideas, quotes. The point of Morning Pages is not to create beautiful poetic prose, you're just letting your brain poop out anything that you don't need. Basically it's like taking a shower in the moring. You may not be visibly dirty, but you will feel very refreshed after a shower, just as your brain may not seem clogged, but you will feel revitalized.

When doing your Morning Pages, you will find that you can think through ideas which have been floating just out of reach and you will be able to sort out issues which may have been lurking below the surface of your subconscious. They're awesome.

Once you've done Morning Pages for a few days, you will find that you're inner child is no longer resisting, and that you will come to a point where you want to do your Morning Pages.

Yes. It WILL happen.

Also, from my own personal experience, I found that since doing Morning Pages, I have started dreaming again and remembering my dreams. AMAZING!

So kids, get yourself a giant cheap notebook, and get out there and do some Morning Pages!


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