Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Morning Pages

Oliver Burkeman recently wrote in The Guardian about how he was won over to the practice of Morning Pages.

Just a refresher, Morning Pages is the exercise that Julia Cameron established in The Artists Way:
"There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages--they are not high art. They are not even 'writing.' They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind--and they are for your eyes only... Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page."
Morning Pages are supposed to be 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing - no self editing - and only for you to see. Julia Cameron prescribes to do this by hand on paper, however some tools have sprung up to adapt this exercise for the Internet age.

Morning Pages Online
The tools that I have found and each has its rewards and recognition systems are:
  • Morning Pages
    As the site says themselves "it’s a website in which you write...Although typing your Morning Pages goes against the traditional idea, we feel that it is still incredibly beneficial."
    It was founded when one of the co-creators of this website had a friend who learned about Morning Pages through a therapist he was seeing. Upon self-enlightenment he suggested the same to his friends.
    See Morning Pages at http://morningpages.net/http://morningpages.net/
  • 750 Words
    It's about learning a new habit: Writing. Every. Day. It's a daily brain dump. It's also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.  750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise.
    See 750 Words at http://750words.com/

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