Every morning I set aside a few minutes to write. My brain is foggy with sleep and my fingers clumsy, but still I grab my journal and free write. To be honest, I mostly complain – about not being a morning person and about how boring my life is. But, still I write.
I first learned about morning pages through Gala Darling. She linked to this great article about how to write them, and I’ve been writing morning pages off and on ever since. Yes, off and on. I’m a rebel, you see, and even making the simple commitment to write every morning makes me uncomfortable. But, something changed last year.
My days felt unbearably unproductive, so I decided to make a list of tasks that I could do before noon that would make me feel productive even if they were the only things I accomplished that day. This new morning routine included the daily scribbling of morning pages and has been my anchor even during the most stressful times.
Why I write morning pages…
It gives me a chance to figure out what I’m thinking. Maybe there’s a blog post on my mind that I don’t know how to start, or maybe I’m feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list. Writing a few pages in the morning gives me a chance to collect my thoughts and find my focus for the day.
It unlocks creativity. Despite not being a morning person, every once in a while the Muse visits me and gives me an idea for a short story or a play or an essay. Some of my favorite stories have developed from my morning ramblings.
It gives me a chance to practice my handwriting. Neat handwriting is a lost art, and since I mostly communicate by way of a keyboard, journaling is one of the few opportunities I have to put pen to paper. There’s all sorts of research citing the importance of handwriting and cursive for brain development and creativity, and this TED Talk is pretty much a love letter to handwriting. I should add that my handwriting is pretty much chicken scratch, especially when my pen is trying to keep up with my thoughts, but I think this is a wonderful security measure. A snoop could find my journal and still have no idea what’s in it.
It’s an excuse to stock up on pretty pens and journals. I love stocking up on notebooks at the beginning of the school year when you can find spiral notebooks for 10 cents. However, sometimes I like to treat myself to something with a bit more character. Recently, Blogging for Books sent me this adorable Brain Freeze Journal, which looks like an ice cream sandwich.
The edges are brown, white, and pink like spumoni, making this the perfect journal for summer thoughts. While I’m a bit nervous that the spine is exposed, I don’t think it will be an issue since the journal probably will not leave my room.
Do you write morning pages?
This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
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