Ages ago, probably back before most of you, dear readers, were reading this blog, I talked about a thing called morning pages. The post can be found here.
Today I want to revisit this because there’s another reason for the morning pages. They’re not just for exorcising that inner critic. Three pages of free-writing can certainly help get the negativity out.
For me, they’ve sort of started to become a diary of sorts. I do my best to keep them from turning that way, but the events of the day before are usually what’s on my mind in the morning.
That and all the stuff I have to get done on any given day.
They’ve also become a sounding-board for my WiP. If I’m really struggling through a passage in Oracles Promise I find that my morning pages get filled with questions and musings about the story.
And the morning pages can become a repository for ideas. This morning, I woke up and opened the notebook to write my daily three pages. The entire first page is filled with descriptions of what I could remember from the very vivid dream I had last night.
I recorded the dream because it really and honestly could become the underpinnings of a novel sometime in the future. It would take a lot of work to get the mythology worked out and get everything sorted in such a way that it no longer resembles the madcap wanderings of my sleeping brain. But it could work.
That’s why I write my morning pages.
Q4U: Do you do anything like morning pages ever? Would you consider it? Why or why not?