Lessons Learned from Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages”
It takes willpower and discipline to wake up every morning early enough to write three hand-written long-form style pages each morning. It takes anywhere from 45–60 minutes on most days (sometimes more).
In order to do this productively I would; wake up at 5AM, drink a bottle of water, wash my face, brush my teeth, make my bed, write my 5 minute journal, make a cup of coffee or tea, do 10 push ups, stretch for 5–10 minutes, and then sit down to write.
With ambient sounds or acoustic music playing, I would gently flow into the art of writing my three lovely, sometimes irksome, morning pages.
The act of waking up early and focusing on important areas of my life has been and remains key to my joy each day.
I Can Write
Thanks Jeff Goins. Check out his book, “You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).
I wrote for years without much intention or purpose. A lot of which for personal growth, reflection, and education. It helps me find meaning in business, books, relationships, and life.
Then I started freelance writing and realized I had a LOT to learn. Grammar, copywriting, print, advertisements, email marketing; the list goes on and on.
I’ve written well over 400,000 words (maybe more, maybe less) this year which is an accomplishment I’m rather proud of.’
Much of this has been from my daily habit of writing. Thank you morning pages for the confidence to call myself a writer.
I never thought I was creative even though I always craved creation.
I enjoyed art, liked poetry, loved design, and was a passionate writer. The problem was my lack of education to make things of my own.
Morning pages expanded my curiosity, creative capabilities, interests, and most importantly understand myself.
Use morning pages to plan your day, settle your emotions, think of new ways to work on relationships in your life, identify skills to work on, and unleash the power of your creative mind.
Be creative with your writing. Don’t judge your own work. Let yourself break the rules and do things against what you were taught in school.
Try writing in cursive, different sizes, do a bit of drawing, make lists, set goals, and anything else you can think of.
Try New Things
One of the best parts of the morning pages experience is the infamous “artist date”. An individual 2 hour exploration of a creative interest of your desire.
This can be a drawing class, yoga, meditation, painting, acting, a tour of a local attraction; anything you love to do and that will inspire creativity and new ideas.
Cameron says this is the most important aspect of rediscovering your creative interests. The only way to find comfort in creativity is to try new things.
The best artist date for me this summer was a chance to be on TV! I made it!
I appeared in several episodes of Good Behavior, a TNT show, as a club patron and pedestrian!
This was by far my favorite experience of the year and something I will be grateful for and remember for the rest of my life.
If you are interested in expanding your curiosity, creativity, or maybe you want a unique way to discover more about yourself; check out Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way!