The Morning Pages form part of the basic tools of creative recovery that Julia Cameron describes in The Artist’s Way. She writes:
What are morning pages? Put simply, the morning pages are three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness: “Oh, god, another morning. I have NOTHING to say. I need to wash the curtains. Did I get my laundry yesterday? Blah, blah, blah…” They might also, more ingloriously, be called brain drain, since that is one of their main functions.
I’ve done the morning pages before. I’ve found them to be helpful – and yet when I decided recently that I wanted to reconnect with the practice the idea absolutely terrified me. I am not even entirely sure why. I guess on some level I was worried that through the process of these three daily pages of brain drain I would discover something about myself, perhaps something I didn’t want to know.
When I finally did manage to sit down with those three pages and a pen I did learn a lot of things about myself. But it was much more reassuring than I imagined. While I was anxious about a few things coming up in my life, I came to realise that they were things that are important to me. I am starting to take my creativity seriously. I am beginning to identify myself as a writer. I am slowly gravitating towards my tribe. I got to the end of those three pages and for the first time in a very long time I had this sense that things were falling into place.
Sometimes it is possible to feel like you’re losing even when you’re winning. A little reflection can help put things into perspective. The morning pages are going to play an important part in my life from this moment and I am actually really quite excited about that.
You can download a PDF that goes into more detail about the basic tools by visiting the Artist’s Way website.