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Journal Prompts: Write in the Morning

March 29, 2009

in Journal Prompts

Keep a notebook and a pen by your bed and each morning start writing as soon as you wake up. Write about anything you want, it doesn’t have to be fiction, it can just be what happened to you yesterday or what you are most worried about at the moment. Just write. Write 3 pages like this. Every morning. Alternatively you can write these three pages on your computer though some studies suggest that writing in longhand allows you to be more creative. A personal preference, though.

If you have trouble doing anything before you have that cup of coffee in the morning then you might consider keeping a thermos by your bed or just getting that cup of coffee before starting to write. Just make sure you don’t read anything before writing the 3 pages.

The main benefit of this exercise is that it gets you into the habit of writing everyday which is essential for any aspiring or established, for that matter, creative writer and pretty soon you won’t be able to stop writing. Ideas for stories will just flow to the surface and writing will become second nature, guaranteed! It will take you roughly 30 minutes each morning to complete this exercise so set your alarm clock accordingly. And don’t give up, even if you think you have nothing to write about. Literally, just write about anything!

Adapted from:

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

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