Recently we were discussing books that helped fuel our creativity and we all agreed that The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, was at the top of our list. It is a 12-week self-lead creativity seminar in the form of a book. We love this book so much that we gave it as a raffle prize at our dinner cruise last week.
One of the aspects of the book that was most helpful to us was the Morning Pages. According to Cameron:
In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. I ask you to do this by an apparently pointless process I call the morning pages.
So what are the morning pages? First thing in the morning, before you do anything else, you write 3 pages. What is great about the morning pages is that you begin your day by creating something, not by consuming something. Another book that we recently read, The Information Diet, defines this as beginning your day as a producer instead of a consumer. The author, Clay Johnson, says that if you begin your day checking the news, checking your email, and checking your notifications, you’ve launched yourself into a day of grazing a mindless consumption. This is part of what Cameron is getting at with the morning pages. Start your day engaged in your life. Start your day more creatively, more productively, by writing. If you are new to writing, The Artist’s Way is a great place to start. Sandy says this is the book that got her started in daily writing. So try it and see if it makes a difference in your day. And then let us know how it is going.
You can see more about morning pages on Cameron’s website.