Why I HATE Morning Pages
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
So I started writing Morning Pages last week. If you're not familiar it's a technique taught by Julia Cameron of "The Artists Way" (and a lesser known work called "The Writer's Diet") and it's supposed to help blocked creatives get unblocked and do LIFE better. I. Hate. Them. I've been trying to figure out, how I, who love words, hate this practice so much. When I, who hate needles, dread these pages more than my daily insulin shot you know there's something deep there.
Today I have decided that it's not the pages so much as it is that they are supposed to be written first thing in the morning. It triggers the memory of my religious upbringing's emphasis on a quiet time. Not just any quiet time though. A MORNING quiet time. I am a night owl. Mornings are not my time of day. While I do find myself sleeping better of late, you are for more likely to find me awake and productive at midnight than at six am. But every devotional methodology sings the praises of the practice of a MORNING quiet time. As if those people in the world who are Larks rather than Owls are somehow automatically more virtuous and dedicated. Because that is not natural to me 1)these practices always feel forced and artificial and 2) I always feel "less than" because of that fact.
Still. I am committed to trying to trust the process and I have a goal of accomplishing 21 days in a row. Last week I got three. This week I'm hoping to get at least 4. We'll see how it goes.