Morning Pages Inspiration

I have previously mentioned that Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way really began the unblocking process for my creativity. I had been in a creative desert for so long and it seemed like there was no end in sight. The Morning Pages were a huge part of my recovery but I had really forgotten how to use them more recently. I’d completely abandoned the stream-of-consciousness aspect of the MPs and had begun to sit and dawdle over them. They became work instead of a release. Over the last couple of weeks, I found myself skipping them more and more.

Yesterday, I came across Morning Pages, Not Mourning Pages by Pam Parker. Reading that excellent post inspired me to try again to use the MPs as a stream-of-consciousness brain-drain. Last night, I put my notebook on my bedside table and resolved to write my pages as soon as I woke up. I did lay in bed for a few minutes before actually getting to the pages (hoping to go back to sleep, I think, because I woke up a little too early) but then I sat up and grabbed my notebook.

I nearly got a cramp in my hand but I was able to let the thoughts just pour out onto the page. It was a little challenging to keep  writing without allowing myself to stop and ponder but it felt so good too. My creative flow has felt a little sluggish of late and I hope this renewed approach to my MPs will shake things loose and get the juice really flowing again. Sort of like mental Drain-O.

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8 thoughts on “Morning Pages Inspiration

  1. Thanks for the shout out Sonia! If you’re interested in another motivating book for writers, I highly recommend SHUT UP & Write! by my dear friend, Judy Bridges. Find info on my blog at http://pamparker.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/shut-up-write-it-might-change-your-life/

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  4. Love The Artist’s Way, and the Morning Pages work well for me. But, like so much else that’s good for me, like exercise, consistency fails me. And then I fail myself.

    Thanks for the post, Sonia, and the reminder to go back to my Morning Pages.

    • Consistency is tough for me too. Fortunately, we can always come back to the thing that are helpful and try again, even if we’ve let them slip for a while.

      • Happy to report, I took the time to write my morning pages, even though I felt I had no time to spare.

        • I admit I’ve gotten away from Morning Pages and I miss them. I have to get back on track because I know they’re so important. Time to revisit 750words.com. 🙂

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