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June 25th, 2007

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06:51 am - books finished (sort of)
Yesterday I read/skimmed The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I 'finished' the book in terms of reading it, but since it is actually a 12 week program of writing and creative exercises, I am not really done with it yet. I started the infamous Morning Pages today, in a journal specifically for same. I anticipate it being a fair amount of work, but useful. Anyone out there used this book or program before? I'd be interested in your experience or opinion.

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Date:June 25th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I got derailed at the morning pages, too, mostly because I have a hard enough time getting out of bed early enough to make it to work on time. Eventually it just fell by the wayside.
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Date:June 26th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)

Morning pages

I tried morning pages for a while in 2002-2003 when I was having trouble writing anything at all -- I'd been introduced to the concept at the 2002 Worldcon and thought I might as well try it. The people running the panel swore by it -- not the effectiveness of every aspect of the program, but morning pages specifically.

For me, I don't think they did what they were supposed to do. Every single day it was another three pages of --

1. Hate George W. Bush.
2. Hate my job.
3. Hate everything and everyone.

For me, writing about the junk just seemed to emphasize it -- make it a mantra.

Eventually I quit T-Mobile and that worked a lot better at clearing my head.

But, everyone is different. I suspect morning pages are one of those things everyone has to try, and if they work for you -- keep it!

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