November’s Experiment of the Month was to write Morning Pages every day, as outlined by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way.
So! How did it go?
I was a good girl and wrote nearly every day; I took Thanksgiving off, but still! For me, accomplishing anything this consistently is borderline miraculous.
PROS TO WRITING MORNING PAGES:
- For the first week, writing did clear my mind and help me sort out my priorities
- Writing Morning Pages gave me a defined task to do upon waking up, which helped me start my day. When I don’t know what to do first, I wind up noodling around Instagram or sleeping in
- Every few days, I’d catch myself consciously avoiding a painful topic in my writing, as if writing it could make it any worse or any more real. That seemed telling
- Some days, I’d get to the heart of a problem while writing the last half page. It was always during the last half of the last page— I guess everything else I wrote unconsciously led up to whatever was Really on my mind
CONS TO WRITING MORNING PAGES:
- While I wrote on a stack of old paper from work (printed on one side only), using this much paper for basically nothing felt wasteful. Call me a hippie
- It takes most people about 30 minutes to write Morning Pages. If you’re not a morning person, getting up half an hour for ANYTHING is a struggle
- Some days, I woke up feeling ready to take on the world. Rather than leaping out of bed and tackling life, I had to write three stupid pages of my stupid thoughts, which cost me my momentum
- Nary a day passed that I didn’t use my Morning Pages to complain about the tedium of writing Morning Pages
Will I continue to write Morning Pages? Do I recommend them overall?
Uh…. I’m not likely to keep this up. I may try them occasionally, but there are other habits I’d rather cultivate.
You could give them a shot, though, if only for a week. See if they help you sort out your thoughts and priorities.
What do you think about Morning Pages? Powerful, pointless, or somewhere in between? Please leave your comment below.
P.S. Tune in tomorrow to see December’s Experiment of the Month! I’m torn between two options, both fitness-related.
P. P. S. Happy birthday, Greyloon!