I was chatting with my Dad this morning about the great time he had at his in-laws yesterday. He told me how he was wiped out, and wrote “As much as I usually fight it because of the circumstances, I agree, I need it once in a while.”
“…once in a while.”
In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. I ask you to do this by an apparently pointless process I call the morning pages. You will do the pages daily through all the weeks of the course, and, I hope, much longer. (page 9 – The Artist’s Way)
Our chat also brought to mind the many articles, clippings, etc. I’d read, about how stress from/at work, and the lack of work-life balance can, and will, kill you. Stress, our wonderful, self-incurred poison.
So…starting tomorrow morning I will be waking up to pen and paper, and going back to my 3 pages of morning pages (brain drain or memory dump).
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.
There is no wrong way to do morning pages. These daily morning meanderings are not meant to be art. Or even writing. I stress that point to reassure the nonwriters working with this book. Writing is simply one of the tools. Pages are meant to be, simply, the act of moving the hand across the page and writing down whatever comes to mind. Nothing is too petty, too silly, too stupid, or too weird to be included. [Read more…]