Morning Pages are a practice developed and outlined by Julia Cameron wherein the individuals writes three pages every morning. These Morning Pages can be about anything that comes to mind, and this practice is not only for writers. I first heard about Morning Pages in late 2016 and started using them immediately. The results were tremendous – though I didn’t really correlate that practice with its creative manifestations at the time. During the time I was actively writing each morning, I wrote two books and took on over a dozen clients as a freelance writer.
I had never picked up Cameron’s The Artist’s Way until about a week ago, thinking it was a Christian book. I liked the exercise, but did not want the religious sentiment to impede my progress or cloud the point of me writing Morning Pages. But I kept hearing the book and Morning Pages crop up in the various facets of my life; I couldn’t ignore it. I went out to buy a copy and in the very first portion, Cameron addressed my trepidations about the book being religious. It is not religious in a Christian sense, of course unless you want it to be.
There were several factors that threw me off course when I was writing daily, and I stopped doing Morning Pages in July 2017. For the past year, I have continued freelance writing and writing articles for this blog, but I have definitely let my negative self talk over my creative self. Julia Cameron calls the internal voice that puts you down the Censor. This Censor backtalks you when you have anything positive to say about yourself, and continues to bring up old wounds.
I started Morning Pages again last week and am already feeling closer to my old, creative self. I’ve been prepping my new workspace, reassembling my old organization system, and taking myself a bit more seriously. Part of this process for me was creating a new writing space. When I was writing my novels in 2016 and 2017, I had a large desk with my laptop, notebooks, pens, and small decorative items. The desk overlooked the street outside, and I loved writing there in the evenings as people drove by, and especially when it was raining out.
My new setup is cozy – I have a smaller desk with a single drawer, a stool on a jute rug, a mason jar filled with mechanical pencils and pens, a decorative wooden sculpture, planner, laptop, and post-its. I’m not directly facing a window, but I have hung up some of my favorite prints and a poem that I always keep near. Setting up a space like this is a large step in my creative recovery. I have given myself space to again take my creative writing seriously.
Morning Pages are incredibly rewarding and require no more than a pen, paper, and thirty minutes each morning. Starting again only means that I stopped at one point, but not that I can never create more and become all the more productive.