Saturday, November 26, 2016

NaBloPoMo 2016 Day 25

Recently I read about Morning Pages and thought it was something I wanted to try.

This also comes from the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron.  She also has a workbook that is devoted to this process.  I have not yet read the book, but plan to do so in the near future!  From the creators webpage "Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *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. 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."  

I have found this to be a fun and beneficial activity!  I did my first entry on November 16th and I have not missed a day yet (granted only ten days but that is impressive for me!!)  I find that it does help to clear my mind and it allows me to spend about 15 minutes in the morning letting all the random, disconnected thoughts in my mind to go somewhere.  It sometimes turns into a random to-do list, or a recollection of the previous day's activities, or plans for the upcoming day, or descriptions of a dream I had, or sometimes just writing I have nothing to write over and over until something else pops into my head and onto the paper.  I am happy I began doing this and can see myself continuing with the process for the foreseeable future!

For my Morning Pages I am using a Moleskine hardcover notebook with a cute cover and (until I ran out of ink this morning) I was using my Pentel EnerGel black pen.  I have ordered a Pilot Metropolitan fine nib fountain pen and as soon as it arrives I plan to switch over and will use that to write every morning.

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