I came across the idea of morning pages in a craft book I read recently and love it. In principle anyway. I've yet to try it out. Nor have I figured out where it would fit into my schedule, but it just seems like something that would work.
The idea of morning pages comes from the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. If you're a blocked artists and/or were raised with discouraging parents, I can see how it would be very helpful. A lot of the book seemed like good, helpful advice, just not applicable to me.
Except morning pages.
Morning pages are precisely what they sound like. Pages that you write in the morning.
Everyday, you're supposed to write three pages of whatever. Whatever you're thinking about, fretting over. Questions you have, observations about your surroundings. The point isn't to write usable prose, the point is rather to cleanse. To purge those thoughts and concerns cluttering up your mind.
I don't know what's so magical about three pages, but that's what's recommended. Three pages in the morning, every morning. You can download more information off Julia Cameron's web site here.
I plan to give it a try ... in five years when my kids are both in school.
In the meantime, if you try it out, please let me know. And if you have writing questions, pass those along as well.
Happy Thursday, everyone!