The best thing (cheerful retrospection) - Austin Kleon

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Morning Pages Helped Me Get Through:

a super lonely time when I lived overseas, a time when everyone thought I should have been oh! so! happy! (my morning pages helped me realize I actually had legitimate reasons not to be oh-so-happy, and to have the guts to do something about it)taking care of my terminally ill mom (so many amazing moments, so many hard-but-worth-it lessons)a divorcetraining for a triathlon that was way out of my comfort zonegetting ready for a figure show (that diet, though)figuring out who I want to be when I grow up (i.e., entering a new decade of life)and so much more

But sometimes, I write them just to write them, not because of something I’m trying to “get through” or figure out. In fact, that may be when they are of most value.

How to Write Morning Pages

There’s really no right or wrong way to write morning pages.

That being said, a lot of people freeze up as soon as they think they have to write something – their writing voice gets formal, and they edit themselves before they even begin to write. (That’s one of the beauties of writing first thing in the morning.)

But here’s the thing with these pages: No one is going to grade them. No one is even going to see them! So you won’t pass or fail a class because they suck, because there’s no way they CAN suck.

You could write the word “blue” over and over again for three solid pages and voila! morning pages done!

Seriously: there’s no idea that’s too crazy to write about, and you don’t have to worry about being politically or socially correct. You just write.

All you’re doing is emptying your brain onto a piece of paper. And if you’re not sure how to write morning pages when you first start – how to actually get going – you can check out my prompts below.

Three Pages for the Win

Here’s why I think three pages is the magic number:

On page 1, you’re just warming up. You might even write about how you don’t want to write and how it’s stupid.On page 2, you’re starting to get into the groove. You’re still a little formal though, because you’re trying too hard. This is where it can get a little academic and you might sound like you’re trying to please your picky sophomore English teacher.But on page 3, your defenses are worn down. You’re finally looking at the end of the final page, and you let loose, and often that’s when you find a little nugget that helps you get clear on a problem you might be having or a question you’ve been wondering about. Or maybe you discover some random thing that makes you go, “wow!”

But even if it doesn’t come together, so what? Sometimes it’s like that.

In the words of Julia Cameron herself:

Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page … and then do three more pages tomorrow.

Maybe There are Rules, After All

Years ago I loved the classic writing books Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg. She is a Buddhist and her form of meditation is writing. She fills notebooks, entire pages from top to bottom, margin to margin.