The Artist’s Way is a book that has been used by millions of people to get over writer’s block. I was experiencing a bit of a block myself, so I thought I’d give it a try.
The biggest recommendation that the book gives is that you complete your Morning Pages every day. Morning Pages are 3 full pages of writing every day that contain your thoughts, feelings, and/or whatever else comes to mind. The exercise is meant to teach you to “rest on the page.” I wanted the writing habit so badly, I thought, “Here’s my answer!” Unfortunately, I was very wrong.
When I started to write my Morning Pages, it felt great. I felt like something had been released in my brain and all my words started flowing onto the page. But even during the first week of doing this new habit, I noticed something strange. I was starting to think a lot…a whole lot.
When week two rolled around, it just got worse. The thinking was starting to interfere with my business. I’d second guess myself. Instead of taking action, I would just sit there and think. What the heck was going on?
Thankfully, I had a 5 minute Weekly Review built into my week. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t have found the culprit for another month or two.
“Why am I doing morning pages?”
“To help me write consistently, so I can create great content to grow my business.”
“Are morning pages serving me? Am I experiencing any Big Tangible Benefits?”
Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to myself when I said this. I wish I had, and that’s why I’m telling you this story. I thought, “If I try hard enough, I can MAKE this work.”
I was wrong.
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