Morning Pages

Morning Pages. No, not a queenly greeting to you, but the subject I want to talk about. I’ve been away for a few days. The weather has been lovely (sunny and hot), and though not exactly a holiday, it has been a nice break. I have been posting without pictures, with limited opportunity to tweet or follow Good Reads or fiddle on Facebook. So, I’ve been pottering around, breaking from the usual routine, doing little and writing less. I’ve been busy, just not with writing. We drove back yesterday, hence no post at all.

My head should be full of little snippets that I’m dying to tell you. But it isn’t. And the reason?

I think it’s because I haven’t been doing my Morning Pages. That muscle that drives all my writing has had a holiday too and it’s become a little stiff through lack of use. Rusty even. In just a few days.

I love Morning Pages. Julia Cameron in ‘The Artist’s Way’ introduced me to them some years ago, and I adopted them with delight. There are times when I lapse – such as these last few days – and I always end up missing them. What do I write in there? Mostly rubbish. Sun shining/not shining/last night lovely/sociable/vile. If I’ve heard a joke I might write it down, even if I can’t remember the punch line. Maybe because I can’t remember the punch line. Bits of overheard conversation or the previous night’s dream sequences. I might write a haiku or two if they pop into my head, or a few lines about someone or somewhere I visited, or the first few paragraphs of something that is itching to be scribbled down. A few rude words about someone who’s upset me might go in there too, so they can be forgotten, so I can move on. I say thank you for nice things that have happened and scribble hopes for the days or weeks to come.

But this week, using someone else’s computer, wandering around shops, eating out, being sociable, delightful though it has been, I have missed my Morning Pages.

Will you please excuse me while I get back in the swing of things? A few Morning Pages will soon sort me out.

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14 responses to “Morning Pages

  1. I love the idea of morning pages and will try a few, my problem is we generally have morning madness in this home with 2 little ones.

    • Yep, you have to do them in and around the madness – or before if you are an early bird. But I have known people who do evening pages. They write (blurt is a better word) their pages before bed and then just read them through in the morning.
      Seems to work for them. πŸ™‚

  2. I came across this idea from the same source as yourself and find it extremely useful to clear the head of junk. My morning pages usually consist entirely of internal dialogue though – sort of thinking about thinking and plenty of nonsensical words and sounds as the mind goes into a sort of neutral freefall. As you know though, the content is really irrelevant (I pretty much just bin them immediately)and the results are impressive.

    • Yes, I love that freefall feeling that you can write exactly what you want – but I don’t bin them. They sit in a book of morning pages, mostly rubbish, but there are pearls that pop out later as blog posts, poems, even dialogue in my stories. It isn’t exactly a record, far too random, but it is a stream of interconnected thoughts, some of which make a good deal of sense.
      Some of which I could never allow to see the light of day or be read by one single other person!

  3. This sounds like something I should be doing. I’m going to give it a go. Thanks for the post!

  4. What a great idea! I might just have to give this a try πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  5. I really like the idea of morning pages. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Tomorrow seems like a good place to start.Thanks again for sharing the idea. πŸ™‚

  6. A few years back a friend introduced me to Morning Pages and I really was good for a while…but now my break has been much longer than yours and I should get back into the habit. Thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

    • A pleasure. πŸ™‚
      I do think they make a difference, not only to my writing, but to my mood. There is something about shoving all your drivel-ous thoughts down on paper and getting rid of them!

  7. I use to LOVE doing morning pages, but I haven’t done them for ages….thanks for the reminder πŸ˜‰

    Xx

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