“It is impossible to write morning pages for any extended period of time without coming into content with an unexpected inner power”
I came across this great article about apps and websites that help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Of course I was intrigued as I am always looking for ways to help me stick to my new plans.
One that struck me as interesting was http://750words.com/ as journaling is always on my to do list. This helps you write on a daily basis, you set up a free account and the challenge is to write 750 words (3 pages) every day. It tracks your progress and captures some fun metrics.
It’s an easy way (for me anyway) to do the writing exercise known as Morning Pages, which involves filling three sides of paper with words each morning – it can be a rant, a stream of consciousness, anything – first thing every day. “Pages are meant to be, simply, the act of moving the hand across the page and writing whatever comes to mind” Julia Cameron
Morning Pages were created by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way (1992).
Her rules on morning pages are strict.
- They must be done first thing. “You’re trying to catch yourself before your ego’s defences are in place.”
- They must be longhand.
- And you must fill 3 sides of US Letter paper. That 3 pages rule is key, some days you might struggle to fill 3 pages “The second page-and-a-half comes harder, but often contains paydirt.”
- What you write should not be shared with anyone, or even re-read it is simply to clear your mind and start the day fresh.
- After three pages, you stop, to avoid “self-involvement and narcissism”.
Then, clear – you get on with your day! You don’t of course need the website to do Morning Pages. But for me it’s helping me continue with it. http://750words.com/