Saturday, February 11, 2012

Morning pages...

a great way to start the day.

I have been very lax at keeping up with my "morning pages."  I was introduced to morning pages by Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way.

From Julia:
Morning pages are three pages of writing (long hand) anything that comes to your head. Julia Cameron suggests that you make Morning Pages a practice that you keep every day while you are working through The Artist's Way, and hopefully, beyond.

When I first read about Morning Pages, my first thoughts were...Everyday? 3 pages? Only by hand? She's GOT to be kidding! What will I write about?

The point to Morning Pages isn't to write incredible, novel-quality prose. The writing you do in your Morning Pages may not even be suitable for a letter to a friend! It's the little bits and pieces that run around in your head out of control. The words may not even piece together into full sentences. What you write doesn't have to make sense to any person on the face of the planet -- or even to yourself a few days later.

I compare Morning Pages to my morning shower. While I'm not visually dirty in the morning, I feel refreshed and ready for my day after taking a shower. Your shower takes care of your body. Morning Pages is a shower for your heart, mind, and soul. There's no visible "dirt," but there might be something under the surface that needs attention. Or maybe a dream or two looking for a place to land. Or maybe a list of things you want to get done during the day. Or just random thoughts that plague you like a song you can't get out of your head.

When you start doing Morning Pages, you'll be surprised at the things you find lurking within. And, just as you feel refreshed when you step out of the shower, your mind, heart, and soul will feel refreshed after writing Morning Pages. You will walk a little lighter. Your mind will be more focused on the task(s) at hand. Your thinking will be more clear. Your heart will be open -- so you may find yourself more patient or less irritated with the day's events. 
read the rest.  Julia offers some great tips and techniques.
Need more ideas and reasons for journaling?  Roger Hiemstra helps in Uses and Benefits of Journal Writing

Besides, who doesn't love a cute notebook?  

This is the journal I am currently using.  It was a hard cover 8 1/2 x 11 notebook from a bookstore.  I did the cover by using wallpaper from some old wallpaper sample books.

Front Cover

Back Cover

Spine.  I covered right over the plastic rings

And, yes - I use a fountain pen.


cube said...

I enjoyed reading your post re: morning pages. I never thought about it, but I've been writing since I was a child. It's weird, but we write for a reason. I don't have a fancy book, but that's ok, too. The writing part is the important part. I'm going to bookmark you because I like how you write.

Adrienne said...

Hi Cube. I just finished my morning pages when I saw your message. I will admit to not being super good about always doing them, but when I do things just go better.

If you've not read Julia's book The Artists Way, I higly recommend you do. You can get in for only $1.99 as an ebook, but I also recommend a hard copy. My original copy is almost falling apart I've used it so much.

And since you write, it means you also read. So......another recommendation is A Gentleman in Moscow. Astonishingly good book.

Adrienne said...

I meant to leave a link for you. Here it is:

lgstarr said...

I eagerly anticipated a jump start to my creative self and was dedicated to following "The Artists Way" through to the end.

But then I got to a place where it said something about not reading any news and I was running for California State Senate and had to be on top of the news all the time. This was in 1998.

I stopped right then and there and never went back to it!

I have a feeling she was a liberal anyway :-)