The Power of Morning Pages

by Jennifer Blanchard

Woman writing Morning Pages

What if there was an activity you could do in less than 15 minutes a day that would keep you unblocked with ideas flowing? Would you do it?

Morning Pages are a creative unblocking tool created by writing and creativity coach, Julia Cameron. And if you do them consistently, you’re guaranteed to see some fantastic results.

What Are Morning Pages?

Morning Pages are three hand-written, stream-of-consciousness pages you write every morning as soon as you wake up (before you do anything else). Write them in a notebook or journal so you can have them all in one place (currently, I have four completed Morning Page journals sitting on my bookshelf).

How To Do Morning Pages

Morning Pages are simple:

  • Before you go to sleep, place a notebook and pen by your bed.
  • When you wake up in the morning, sit up, grab your notebook and immediately write 3 stream-of-consciousness pages. Let the words pour onto the page, passing no judgment on what you’re writing, how well you’re writing it or if it even makes any sense.
  • When you’re finished, close your notebook, put it back where you got it and go on with your day.

Three easy steps that will get you started on the right foot every morning.

You can write about absolutely anything. Whatever pops in your head, write it down. Complain about your job or your kids or yourself. Talk about your dreams, your ambitions, your passions. Mention your hobbies or health goals. Anything goes.

You’ll even find things pop up that you never expected.

For example, one morning I was complaining in my Morning Pages about feeling bored and anxious all the time. Then I realized it’s because I hadn’t been exercising lately. Writing Morning Pages helped me to identify something I didn’t even know was bothering me.

Benefits of Morning Pages

There have been so many amazing benefits reported by writers who use Morning Pages. Some of the most common include:

  • Clarity–Your mind will feel less clouded and a lot clearer.
  • Focus–You’ll have more focus when it comes to your writing.
  • Less negativity, less complaining–Since you’re complaining to your Morning Pages, you’ll find you complain less and be less negative in your daily life. Complaining on the page helps you keep it there.
  • You’ll start taking action–As you talk about things you want to accomplish, you’ll start to take action in your life. You’ll find opportunities are popping up in places you never expected. The more you talk to your Morning Pages about it, the more you’ll want to make it happen.
  • Problem-solving–You’ll tell your Pages about a problem you’re having one day, and a few days later, a solution will come up. That’s the power of Morning Pages. They tap into your subconscious mind.
  • Increased creativity–Your creativity will begin to flourish. You’ll have more ideas than you ever imagined. You’ll feel like a better writer every time you sit down to put words on paper.
  • Unblocked–If you’ve been experiencing a creative “block” of some kind, Morning Pages will help unblock you. You’ll feel creative again in no time.
  • More ideas flowing in–You’ll have so many ideas coming to you, you won’t know what to do with them all. The more you write your pages, the more you signal to the Universe that you’re open to change and to ideas. And that in itself will attract more ideas to you.

Have you ever attempted Morning Pages? What was your experience like?

Today’s Challenge: Place a notebook and pen by your bed tonight. Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, grab the notebook and write 3 stream-of-consciousness pages. Put the notebook away and go on with your day. Repeat this for two weeks and record the results.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.

  • Marwa Elnaggar

    Yes! This is one of my resolutions for 2011. Ok, I’ve only been doing this for 3 days so far (I started late), but I love the results already. I feel better as a writer (less guilt for some reason), and the morning pages DO break my mental loops. I admit I don’t do them longhand, and actually get up wash up and have breakfast before I do them, but I still feel they’re making a difference.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad to hear you’ve been doing your Pages. They will definitely help you no matter what time of day you do them. But… they will be the most impactful if you do them first thing in the morning before you do anything else. Just saying ;-)

  • Vivienne_dacosta

    Yes, yes, yes. This really works. I read about this last week and started doing it and my brain is buzzing with ideas. I have managed to get to talk to a few publishers who would like to read what I have done. This really does work.

  • Thewriterstuff

    I have done morning pages years ago when I first bought the book. It’s been so long I really don’t remember what affect they had, which means it’s time to revisit the process.

  • http://twitter.com/Danielle_Meitiv Danielle Meitiv

    I’m intrigued. The first things that came to mind when I read about Morning Pages were: “I can’t do that, my kids wake me up and will ever leave me alone in the morning, I’ll forget, I’m too tired…” A whole bunch of excuses – which makes me wonder why I am so resistant to the idea. Guess there could be some good stuff there to write about, eh? I’ll put the book and pen on the nightstand now.

    • Anonymous

      Yep! Excuses are definitely a good thing to write about in your Morning Pages. I swear some mornings my pages are pure complaints. But I find that when I complaint and make excuses in my Pages, the complaints and excuses don’t follow me after I close the journal. And I like that :-)

  • Anonymous

    I love the idea of morning pages. It sounds like a terrific concept. I even did a form of this while participating in Nano in November. The catch was I gave up my morning exercise to do so. I already get up at 6 am to fit

  • http://myfingersarentbroken.com/ GinaMarie

    I’m new to the idea of morning pages but from the comments of everyone else it seems like it works…I’m trying this first thing tomorrow morning.

    • Anonymous

      Let us know the results you get!!

  • Anonymous

    You can still write at night. Morning Pages are more journaling than actual writing. Plus doing Pages in the morning will help improve the writing you do at night!

  • Anonymous

    I just checked out 750Words.com and it’s AWESOME!! What a cool idea. I’m a write-by-hand Morning Page person, but I’m definitely sharing this site with all my peeps. Thanks for recommending!

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  • Hmorales421

    very good posting I have experience all benefits you have mentioned.. great thanks.

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