• Tina

How Morning Pages Will Develop Your Creativity

Updated: Oct 6





Creatives of all kinds need to be able to come up with fresh content on an almost daily basis. Creating content can be a struggle for many bloggers, artists, writers, and creatives. There are some easy daily exercises that are not time-consuming like Morning Pages. This type of journaling allows you to develop a creative mindset. When you start of the day with self-expression, you are also practicing a bit of self-care and gathering all your thoughts into one place.


If you haven't heard of morning pages yet, keep reading...




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What are morning pages?



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Morning pages is a writing exercise developed by Julia Cameron, an American author, and teacher in her 1992 book The Artist’s Way. The Artist’s Way has helped writers, creatives, and artists suffering from writer's block to re-engage with their creative potential. The idea behind morning pages is to get your creative juices flowing first thing in the morning through writing. Julia Cameron suggests writing about 3 pages each morning.


Morning pages exercises should be written in a stream-of-consciousness style, without caring about proper grammar, syntax, and spelling. You don't need to write about a specific topic, just start writing whatever comes to mind first and don't worry about being coherent.


This exercise will help you clear your head in the morning and help you put your thoughts onto paper. You can write about your fears, your dreams, your goals, and even short grocery lists, it does not matter as long as you write and get your writing juices flowing. It's not about quality writing - it's about simple thoughts that come to your mind and expressing them by actively writing them down on a piece of paper.





Why write morning pages?


Writing morning pages will help develop new ideas and improve concentration, help you focus more, and even reduce stress and anxiety. The best way to go about writing morning pages is to take it easy and avoid overthinking, after all, you don't want morning pages to seem like a chore, but rather a positive creative outlet.


If you need to come up with ideas on a daily basis, writing morning pages will develop your creativity and help you generate great new ideas. By exploring and developing your inner thoughts, fears, and anxieties, it can be liberating to let it all out on paper as a stream of consciousness exercise.


It’s not easy to be a creative thinker - thinking outside the box requires fresh perspectives and innovative solutions. To develop creative thinking skills, it’s a good idea to take part in easy exercises on a daily basis.


Morning Pages prompts


If you are new to morning pages, I'll provide some easy prompts to get you started. Even though it's best to just write whatever comes to mind, having some prompts, in the beginning, will help you get a feel for what morning pages are really about.


Here are easy prompts to start with:


  • My last dream was about...

  • Today, I want to accomplish...

  • I am upset about...

  • I love ... about my body because...

  • I hate it when...

  • I love it when...

  • My mood this morning is...

  • I feel inspired to...

  • I read something interesting about...

  • My future goals include...

  • I want to achieve...


Want to learn more? Read the original text, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way!





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