Posted on Oct 09, 2015 by Rachel | Comments (0)
Having a clear head is a writer's best friend. I keep myself 'writer-fit' using a daily practice called the morning pages. I discovered it over 10 years ago when I read a great book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and I've never looked back.
Here’s the deal. When you wake up each morning you write whatever comes to mind, non-stop, for three whole pages. Badly written sentences and swear words are fine. We’re not talking ‘quality’ writing here. But computers are a no-no. Pen to paper is the rule.
Most of my morning pages begin with an observation, comatose ramblings or an expletive-laden rant worthy of Twickenham’s finest when England are losing at rugby (again). But it doesn’t matter how they begin. It’s the magic that appears as you continue to write that counts.
You see, hiding just below the surface of all our worries, fears and anxiety lies a well of wisdom and intelligence most of us aren't even aware of. And when that sage part of your brain finally kicks in, uninterrupted clarity and insight pour onto the page in equal measure as soothing words, revelations and air-punching-eureka-moments.
Some days’ musings are more pronounced than others. But by the final full stop I’m always ready to face the day.
Morning pages are transformational. They keep me focused and able to approach each working day like a blank page, all fresh and clear. This state of mind is crucial for me as a writer and nothing less than my clients deserve.