I’ve been cleaning out my office. While going through drawers and file cabinets I’ ve found many spiral notebooks.
(Have I told you that I love spiral notebooks and steno pads and all sorts of office supplies?)
I’ve found lot of notes from writing conferences, snippets of ideas and character sketches, and most of all, years and years of morning pages.
Morning Pages are Julia Cameron’s main tool for kick starting your creativity and moving you closer to your writing goals. Write three pages every day. She says to write them in longhand, which I usually do, and write them first thing in the morning, which I do some of the time.
I do understand that when you do them first, you can get all the chatter out of your mind and free up your creativity. When you do then toward the end of the day, you are rehashing the day. Either way, I find benefit in writing the pages.
As I’m reading back over them, I’m re-experiencing various phases of my life. Some remind me of good times. A lot are reminders to be grateful for all I have and have had. However, some remind me of the tough times I’ve been through (and survived).
Reading them over evokes a wide range of emotions. There’s joy when I read about trips I’ve taken and adventures I’ve had. There’s frustration when I see myself working too hard for someone else’s goals. There’ a sense of futility or triumph when I read about the trials of child rearing. (If we knew ahead of time what awaited us, would be ever have children?)
Now my biggest question is what to do with them.
Please leave a comment and answer these burning questions!
Do you or have you ever written morning pages?
Have they helped your creativity or your life?
How do you store your pages?
Do you ever re-read them?
What should I do with mine?