Morning pages are three pages of stream of consciousness longhand writing
done first thing in the morning
upon waking. One of two basic tools for connecting with your creativity,
according to Julia Cameron
, in her book, The Artist's Way
Adopting the practice means
adhering to the daily process, and giving yourself permission to fill three
pages, even if the three pages are filled with "I can't think of anything
to write," says Cameron.
"These daily morning meanderings are not meant to be art.
Or even writing... Pages are meant to be, simply, the act of
moving the hand across the page and writing down whatever comes to
Don't show the pages to anyone. You don't even have to read them yourself. You just have to do them.
Cameron suggests that the morning pages are the primary tool
of creative recovery
because both the routine
and the permission
to write anything bypasses one's internalized
and allows the left brain
to practice generating ideas without criticism. She recommends the practice for anyone interested in accessing their creativity,
not just writers.
Cameron recommends committing to this practice forever (it works for her), or a minimum of twelve weeks.