Writing Morning Pages has become an important daily ritual for me ever since I read Julia Cameron’s book The Right to Write. That book was so transformative for me in understanding the creative process, and more specifically, the writing process, that it warrants its own post, which I hope to deliver soon.
In the meantime I am glad my writing friend Nancy Kopp asked me whether I was doing Morning Pages and, if so, whether I would like to comment on her recent write-up of the practice. Of course I was; in fact, her question was a great prompt to finally put all my thoughts on Morning Pages together. So, please head on over to her blog to see why I LOVE writing my Morning Pages.
And this is from someone who still doesn’t consider herself a particularly disciplined person, and for sure not a morning person! But sitting quietly in my corner of the couch, sipping my first cup of coffee and scribbling in my black and red bound books, that I can do! And I have been the better for it.
Admittedly, something I haven't done myself!
I guess I'm not a morning person, and my best thinking needs time to get started.
William, Morning Pages are not about best thinking, but rather stream of consciousness. They are more about an intuitive way to access what's going on in your head (and soul).
The purpose of the Morning Pages is not to make good writing.It's a valuable practice for all artists,not just for writers.The fundamental design is to get out the clutter of contemplations that have a tendency to preoccupy us and jumble up mental space,so we can then get on with the real business nearby,unleashing our creativity.