Morning Pages

The first thing you’ve gotta get used to doing while following The Artist’s Way are the morning pages.  Every morning the program requires that you write three pages of the first things that comes to mind.  I’m three days in and wondering why I stopped the brain dump journaling so many years ago. 

I used to do my morning pages on the bus ride into Downtown Denver every workday morning and with coffee on the weekends.  I think I still have the notebooks around the house somewhere.  I remember working for Qwest (U.S. West at the time) as a project manager back then.  It was the most stressful and irritating job I’ve ever had.  In hindsight, doing the morning pages probably saved my sanity.

Anyways, after dumping just 9 pages, I can feel the clutter in my brain chipping away, WHOORAY!  Funny thing is though, I don’t remember what I wrote.  You’re not supposed to go back and read over it.  So I have to ask myself, how insignificant is the stuff I let clutter up my brain?

2 thoughts on “Morning Pages

  1. I don't do the morning pages from the Artist's Way. I do the time writing from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. And I do go back and read what I wrote. What I am saying is: You can make your own rules here. You are in charge. Goldberg recommend reading your material and highlighting lines that you like. And you can use them to start a later writing. I have found that stuff I thought was terrible while I wrote it actually turned out better in the reading. And stuff I thought was great when I wrote it turned out not to be so good. Keep writing.

  2. Thanks for the advice, Harley! I looked up that book on the library's website and put a hold on it to check it out. This part of the description really intrigued me, "Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice -"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind."

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