Thursday, November 18, 2010

Morning Pages

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!


  1. I love waking up early and writing. For the past week or so, I've been working on getting up an hour or so before my family wakes up so I can type before the day begins! Sometime's its hard to leave bed so early - but once I start, it's worth it!! :-D

    - Katie

  2. What a wonderful discipline to have, Katie! Good for you!

  3. I love writing in the morning. Which somehow fell by the wayside with this little guy who wakes up before I do ...

  4. I'm trying to get back into the habit of getting up a little earlier for 45 mins of writing before I go to our community center exercise group.

    Years ago, I kept a journal faithfully, but then some of the most important years of our lives came along - kids moving on to middle and high school, then out on their own, and I never logged in a word. Sure do have regrets about that now when my granddaughter always asks "how old was mommy when she could do....?"

  5. I can sympathize, Patti. My 3-year-old says the cutest things, and I'm horrible about writing them down. I know I've let some real gems get away.