I’ve been thinking about how I can improve my writing, especially on how to generate content on the spot. I’ve heard about the benefits of writing in the morning and many have adopted the practice of writing Morning Pages, a creative exercise devised by Julia Cameron. Here’s what she says about what Morning Pages:
“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages– they are not high art. They are not even ‘writing’. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over – think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page … and then do three more pages tomorrow.”
By the end of this week, I’ll publish a guideline so I can start writing Morning Pages on Mon, April 11th.
[UPDATE: Apr 9th, 2016]
Here’s the guideline:
- Write every day before work
- Write 3 pages (approx. 8.5 x 11)
- Write about anything
- No backtracking
- Don’t worry about structure or grammar
- Don’t overthink things
I will commit to writing Morning Pages for a month and then I’ll share my experience here in May.
If you’ve had experience writing Morning Pages, do you find it helpful?