When it comes to the how, there are rules.
- The pages must be done first thing
- They must be longhand.
- You must fill exactly three sides of A4 paper.
My feelings are:
- The three-sides rule is key: on an uninspired day, you might start writing banalities, but if you keep going, having dusted the cobwebs away, you might find breakthroughs occur.
- After three pages, you must stop, to avoid "self-involvement and narcissism".
- Brain-sweep complete, it's time to get on with the day.
- I struggles with A4 so I chooses A5 paper and that works for me.
- I find it calms anxieties, worries producing insights and resolving dilemmas
Morning Pages are private. I always destroy them after I have finished. Not because I've divulge lots of secrets, but because it's liberating to know I could and when I have I feel safe that they have disappeared so I can't dwell on them. Morning Pages create a private space which i find invaluable. In a way it is my way of writing away my woes if I have any. I always feel so liberated and more productive on the days that I have written my Morning Pages.