Another notebook Monday

A few weeks ago, I got the book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron. Over the years, I have picked up and put down Cameron’s famous book, The Artist’s Way. It never felt like the right time. Then I found this book, written for people heading into a new season of life, especially retirement. The Kindle version was on sale so I added it to my library. I read the beginning and browsed the rest of the chapters. It seemed like a good idea to start with the basics, Morning Pages. Fortunately, I have an abundance of empty notebooks so I put one next to the couch where I start my mornings. I have been doing these pages, pretty much every day, for almost 3 weeks. I’m still not convinced but I am going to keep going. I also have questions. Do you do Morning Pages? Are you supposed to go back and re-read what you have written? Highlight things? Or just keep moving forward? Would love to hear your experience.

This week I am going to jump into the chapters where the tasks are oriented toward capturing your stories in memoir form. First week, ages 0-5 years. That is going to be interesting because I have so few memories of those years.

I have heard that people are having trouble commenting on WordPress blogs because they are required to log in. I checked my settings and see that I have turned off the feature that requires commenters to log in. If you are asked to log in before commenting would you let me know? I find that ever so annoying. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were just a few blog platforms but there multitudes of platforms and I am just not going to sign up for an account with all of them. I post here because I like the writing process. Your comments are icing on the cake but I don’t want you to wade through a big mess to make a comment.

Happy Monday. I feel like this is the week that I am going to make some headway on my rhythms and routines. And thanks to Katie for inspiring the notebook Monday theme.

15 thoughts on “Another notebook Monday

  1. That’s a very pretty notebook and I hope it supports you as you work through your morning pages. I didn’t know about her new book, so thank-you! I have to confess that I could never get on with morning pages; it didn’t feel like a good and fresh start to the day for me – but then I didn’t persevere beyond a week, so you have my admiration! I’m over at Typepad and there have been problems there too – most annoying! I always have to fill my details in here to comment but they’re on autofill so it’s not a problem :).

  2. I have to fill in my email address, name and blog (if I want), but it’s fast, so no problem. I don’t know anything about Morning Pages, so I can’t comment on that, but your notebook is very pretty:)

  3. I don’t do morning pages, but since March I’ve been writing in a journal each night before bed; it seemed like a good thing to do, both for my mental health and to document the pandemic. I used to be a regular journaler but got out of the habit when life got more complicated. I don’t know if I’ll continue to do it when we’re out of this stage, but for now it’s become a routine and a comfort. And I have a feeling that one day it will be interesting to look back on it and remember these times, assuming we make it through okay.

  4. I’m not familiar with Morning Pages as an official routine but I do write in my gratitude journal every morning while my coffee brews. It’s just a list of 5 things that I’m grateful for but I’ve been doing it for over a year now and I’ve gotten in the habit of flipping back to see what I wrote last year on the same day and it’s brought back some good memories.

  5. I haven’t read The Artist’s Way, so I’m not sure what I write every morning is really “morning pages”, but I do write nearly every morning (maybe 29 out of 30) … and it’s typically just a dump of whatever’s on my mind. I do always start with a little weather report (and for the past 205 days, a COVID update) and end with five things I’m grateful for. the rest varies a lot! some days I fill 3-4 pages and some days I don’t even fill one. I do love to look back at what I’ve written, especially, as Carole suggests to see what “this time last year” looked like.

    I haven’t had any trouble leaving comments … not sure if that’s because I’m typically logged into WordPress or not, but some blogs I do have to leave my name/email/blog address EVERY single time I comment and I don’t have to do that here.

  6. I started doing morning pages about 4 years ago, off and on. Lately, I’ve been on a big ON streak! In The Artist’s Way, she describes morning pages as a stream of consciousness with NO expectation of going back to re-read. It’s truly an opportunity to get all of the worry thoughts or niggling things out of your head so that you can use your brainspace for creative activities. I don’t do 3 pages anymore, just one full page a day. And unless something truly awful happens, I don’t stop writing until I fill up that page. It usually takes between 20-30 minutes in my current notebook.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about this book. I’ve never completed all of the activities in The Artist’s Way… I originally bought it just for the morning pages explanation. It seems like hard work!

  7. I used the book The Artist’s way for a while. I did the morning pages but was forever hung up on how big the three pages were supposed to be! I hoped that it would unblock me as intended or in my case unlock whatever creativity I have in me-it didn’t work- but I did learn that writing out the rubbish that beset me at that time really helped get it out of my mind. I have since burned all those notebooks as I wouldn’t want anyone else to read them. I have stuck with her ideas of filling the well- after all nothing in , nothing out, and it does help inspirationally. I also like her idea of playing- again something which I find very hard to do- cost of materials etc- not very good at having nothing good at the end of something.
    Since then I have have written a journal when I feel the need- especially this year of Covid and a house move. If I need to write down something causing me angst then I write it on scrap paper and then rip it up!
    I didn’t know about the other book , so thank you for mentioning it.
    Look forward to reading what you do next- a super thought provoking post.

  8. Lovely post! I’ve been journaling for almost a decade, and in the middle of the way, I started to call my pages morning pages after reading the artist’s way. It’s an act of kindness towards myself. No! I’ve never read them back, it’s like I’m putting things out and they don’t need to go back into my mind.

  9. I have read The Artist’s Way more than a few times. I journal every morning, and it’s kind of in a “morning pages” style, but I don’t have any page length requirements or anything like that. I don’t exactly follow Julia’s “way” – and I was already doing the journaling before I read her book. I do read over my entries, and if there are things I want to reflect on some more — or ideas or quotes I include that I want to remember . . . or who knows what else might come up . . . I do highlight and use post-it flags so I can find the entry later. (Sometimes I even add to earlier entries — with a different pen, so it’s clear I’ve added something new.) Regular journaling is a normal part of my days.

    It seems a lot of blogging platforms are doing all they can to make commenting HARDER these days. (I was having issues a couple of weeks ago on my blog.) I have to re-enter all my information each time I comment here, but I’m not having to log in if I want to comment.

  10. I’m so glad you asked this–because, in a funny way, I kind of grunt and stew over morning pages! I read The Artist’s Way many years ago, a few times. There are parts that resonated–and parts that didn’t. While I have started a #100dayproject of morning journal writing, I specifically don’t call them Morning Pages b/c I was scarred by the term in college 🙂 A professor actually graded our morning pages! Isn’t that nuts?! She wouldn’t let me be…I tried to explain to her that I was writing in a flow, but that the whole omission of punctuation thing actually took more conscious effort to NOT do. It’s silly, now. And besides the point, because we’ve all grown up and journal however we want! But it IS something I finally returned to as a way to ‘center’ myself and my day. I don’t ever look back at my morning journal pages. I don’t index. Or highlight. Nothing. I could just as easily burn or recycle the page after writing, with no loss. The process is the gift. (And I use my BUJO or begin an essay if there’s something that feels like a ‘seed.’ But that’s usually not the case. It really is just usually stream of consciousness… And It’s Never Too Late sounds fantastic!!! What a great book for begin in retirement!

  11. I have done “morning Pages” off/on for at least a decade? I start/stop mainly ’cause I get bored with the process. I generally resume my favorite journal writing – rarely is is 3 pages – but I often pick it up throughout the day, etc. Back when, Morning Pages first were introduced, Julia admonished us not to reread…they are basically a mind dump and bring forth ideas, thoughts, memories, questions, etc… I also read “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again,” not sure I finished…I got bored, I believe…I must look through my collection and find the one title of hers that I really like by her…stay tuned…
    Cheers~

  12. I journal most mornings but morning pages just weren’t for me. I think every writer/maker finds their own style. I did enjoy Cameron’s book, The Right to Write.

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