Old habits die hard!

The Artist's Way 2I’m considering taking up Morning Pages again, as a way to accelerate the word count of my current writing projects. I came across this last year at Blog About Writing — Helen Yendall being a real advocate of this practice and still is, last I heard — and kept it up for a while but, as usual, other things got in the way and my morning ritual dropped off. Looking back at these pages has been entertainingNotebook — a real social comment and reminder of my state of mind at that time — and pretty well written, despite being a stream of consciousness. (I’ve had to have a lie down to recover, following that uncharacteristic self-congratulatory remark.) It’s an excellent way of getting rid of the blockages and allowing the words to flow more easily, when it matters. I have a cute busy bee notebook that I’ve been itching to use, so I’ve no excuse but to make a start tomorrow.

On a different note, I came across this article on the Writers & Artists website debunking various writing myths. It gives credence to those writers whose methods aren’t necessarily considered usual or recommended practice. I identified with several of the points in the article, especially the one suggesting it is counterproductive to waste hours sitting over a keyboard, when instead it might be spent more wisely reading and thinking. The balance may need to tip slightly in favour of the keyboard or pen, in my case. All the same, by this reckoning, I am definitely a writer.

And with that, I’m off now to exercise my imagination, perhaps lubricated by a small libation. Cheers!

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2 Responses to Old habits die hard!

  1. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Morning pages definitely did not work for me, even when I was properly retired. Nowadays, if it’s not a workday, there are other jobs I need to ‘get out of the way’ before I start the ‘proper’ task of the day, which, these last few weeks, has been programming, not writing.

    • Julie Wow says:

      I find it cathartic and, dare I say, meditative. My problem is maintaining the focus because, like you, other things demand my attention. I understand why it doesn’t work for every one; time is valuable when you have a multitude of activities to get through and need to prioritise.

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