HOW TO START WRITING MORNING PAGES

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to share how you can start writing your own morning pages! Morning pages can be defined as:

“three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.”  

– Julia Cameron 

In addition, check out Julia’s website to watch her video on morning pages and the benefits of this practice. 

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH MORNING PAGES

Back in April, I wrote a blog post on my quarantine morning routine, and I’ve definitely evolved since then with my inclusion of morning pages.

I’ve been pretty committed to writing morning pages every day. At my apartment in LA, I usually go on a walk for about 30 minutes, eat, and then write in my journal. On other days, I wake up and write my morning pages immediately; it honestly depends on how I’m feeling that day. 

I’ve incorporated writing into my morning ritual, and I enjoy sipping on my coffee while I do this. Again, it depends if I’m in the mood, but I occasionally like to play my “oat milk latte” playlist on Spotify while I write. 

I write about 1-2 pages in my journal. Yet, it varies if I wake up with a cluttered mind or if I’m feeling especially negative. It’s a great way to take some time for myself before starting my day. 

Morning pages are an awesome habit, and it’s been a better alternative to scrolling on social media right when I wake up. This is probably one of my favorite parts of my morning routine. I think morning pages have helped declutter my mind and I feel happier throughout the day since I leave all of my thoughts in my journal. 

how to start writing morning pages: a picture of my journal rests on a white desk. it has pink binding, a picture of a pink flower and the words "walk in the light" on it.

ORGANIZING YOUR THOUGHTS

There is no correct way to write your morning pages; it’s important to remember that it is ultimately up to you

I usually write about my experiences yesterday, how I’m currently feeling, and a brain dump of my dreams, goals for the day, and anything else I feel like jotting down. 

For instance, Julia Cameron says that morning pages are a technique to help get all of your negativity out and onto paper. It helps to just write and let your thoughts flow. 

I suggest actually handwriting your morning pages, but you could make it work digitally if that’s more your style. Personally, I enjoy the physical aspect of putting my pen to paper since I feel like I have more control. 

picture of my journal open to two blank pages, a pen rests on it. ready to start writing morning pages.

I encourage you to start writing morning pages, and see if that helps improve your mood throughout the day. Here are some writing prompts to help you get started! 

15 WRITING PROMPTS FOR WRITING MORNING PAGES

  1. What are you looking forward to today?
  2. How do you currently feel? 
  3. Do you have any plans or goals for today? 
  4. Write about the things you are most grateful for. 
  5. Did you have a dream last night? What was it about?
  6. How do you relieve stress and calm yourself down?
  7. What are some qualities that you like most about yourself?
  8. What are some qualities about yourself that you would like to improve or change? 
  9. Are you procrastinating anything right now?
  10. What do you see yourself doing in a year from now? 
  11. Is there something bothering you at the moment? What is it and why?
  12. What has been your biggest accomplishment in life so far?
  13. Describe your relationship(s) with your significant other, friend, relative, etc. 
  14. What is a lesson you’ve learned recently?
  15. What or who makes you the happiest?

HELPFUL TIPS TO START WRITING MORNING PAGES

1. Stuck in a rut? Check out Pinterest for some writing prompts!

Pinterest has some fantastic resources that you could use to your benefit. I would type in “journaling prompts” or “morning pages prompts.” 

2. Put “Morning Pages” on your to-do list so you won’t forget.

I make it a habit to write down “Morning Pages” in my planner so I remember to do it if I happen to leave it for later on in the day. It feels good to cross it off! 

3. Go easy on yourself.

If you didn’t get to do your morning pages today, try again tomorrow! Consequently, you can turn writing your morning pages into a habit that works for you. It’s easy to forget if you have a lot on your plate. It takes a bit to get in the groove of things so try your best!

4. Find a cute journal to motivate you.

I have a bad habit of starting journals and never finishing them. So, this year, my goal is to finish my entire journal. I recommend looking at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. They have an assortment of cute notebooks to choose from and they’re decently priced. 

5. Switch up your writing location.

I write in my bed, at my desk, outside, or in the living room. Getting a new perspective can spark inspiration. 

Thank you so much for reading my post on how to start writing your own morning pages! I hope this was helpful and I encourage you to take a few minutes every day for yourself. 

Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments below what has been helpful for you in your own morning routines! 

love, christina
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4 Comments

  1. September 17, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this. Great read.

  2. September 18, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    I needed these writing prompts! This is a perfect to incorporate into my morning routine!

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