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.