What are Morning Pages? What are the Benefits? | Journaling #1

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I wanted to begin my journaling series with something anyone can do. Something that even after 21 days of my month-long journaling challenge, I have gained so much from.

What are Morning Pages?

The concept of morning pages comes from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and the idea is expanded upon in The Miracle of Morning Pages.

The process is simple. You sit and write stream of consciousness for three pages in the morning. There does not have to be a particular topic, any poetic or literary genius at work, or even good spelling and grammar. My pages are full of sentences that shift into new ones without even finishing a thought – that is the joy of writing whatever comes into your mind.

Morning pages are handwritten. Julia Cameron says:

“Longhand pages give us details and the truth of how we feel emotionally. Accuracy is what we are after, not velocity.”

When you are writing with pen to paper you are able to slow down the thoughts and allow them to simmer as you come around to writing them. This pause gives an accuracy to your feelings. The ability to edit in a word processor takes this accuracy away, allowing us to lie to ourselves – morning pages are about being true to yourself.

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.


What are the Benefits?

I have found that my productivity has gone through the roof since Day 1 of doing morning pages. All of my rambling thoughts that I wake up with in the morning are scribbled into the pages – it feels like I’m clearing away debris to allow myself to focus more clearly on what I want to achieve that day.

I also find that I stay on top of my goals. Say that I want to edit two or three scenes of my novel or work for uni that day, I write about that goal in my morning pages. When I come around to writing my three pages the next morning, I write about how those goals went. I can keep track of my goals and also keep myself accountable without adding loads of unnecessary stress.

If you search “morning pages” on google or social media, you will find many people who have benefited in a huge number of ways. Some find it helps manage their mental health, addictions, or goals. I urge you to see the amazing results doing morning pages has had for others.

Morning pages is not just for creatives – it is for everyone. You don’t have to be “good” at writing to be able to put your thoughts to paper. Three pages a day doesn’t take very long but the rewards endure throughout the day, or even longer.

Take advantage of this simple tool and it will benefit your life like you never thought it could.

If you have any experience of writing morning pages, please let me know in the comments – it would be wonderful to hear from others who this process has helped.

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