In The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron advice her readers to start writing Morning Pages. Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning – every morning. Here is what Cameron says:
- There is no better way to open a writing voice than to write regularly & repetitively.
- The first page and a half is pretty easy. The second page and a half is more difficult, but it moves us into action. More than three pages invites self-obsession. It’s a little bit like when you go to see a therapist, and you say “when will I see you again?” You’re hoping they’ll say “every day,” but instead they say “how about in a week?”
- Three pages seems to be the ideal length.
- There is no better way to open a writing voice than to write regularly, repetitively, and from the gut. So write today.
- If you’ve done your Morning Pages–from the gut, you’ve started the excavation towards discovering your voice.
- If you didn’t… try tomorrow. You have a voice. And you are meant to use it.
Today I gave it a try, my first. I got out of bed at six and stumbled into the bathroom where the tiles on the floor are nice and warm. I sat down on my yoga bolster and started to write, my eyes more closed than open, a strange story, the hand-writing was mine, but the content?
I filled my three pages in 15 minutes. Then I took my two dogs for a walk, half past six, the world still dark and quiet. Wrapped in my big, soft coat I could feel the cold air only with the tip of my nose.