I recently watched this excellent TED presentation by Steven Tomlinson. And I’m really glad I did. Though it isn’t the topic of Tomlinson’s talk, he mentions how useful he finds the process of writing 3 pages in a journal every morning. He got the idea from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artists Way.
I found this extremely interesting.
That’s because I’ve done something similar ever since starting my business in 1995. (Though with no set number of pages and not every morning). Initially, I thought it might be a way to clear my mind for the day ahead. However, I quickly realised that writing each morning was massively more useful than that.
It provided me with a daily place or space, to focus my thoughts.
This has made it a powerful creativity tool, as fragments of thoughts often solidify into ideas as I write. There seems to be something about allowing your mind to flow, with no expectation or deliberate intent, and writing down whatever comes, which fires the imagination.
A totally creative process
Interestingly, Julia Cameron says the process (which she calls Morning Pages) is intended as a way to clear negativity from your mind. I’ve never used it that way. For me, writing in the morning is a wholly creative process. I don’t dump negativity there. I just relax and allow my thoughts to wander through the tip of the pen.
If you haven’t tried this before, it’s worth giving it a go. I have no idea why it helps the creative process. Someone suggested to me that it could be the combination of thinking in a morning state, fused with the motor action of writing?
All I know for sure is that it works for me and it seems, for many others, too.