The Magic of Morning Pages
Popularized by Julia Cameron in her guidebook The Artist's Way, morning pages are a tool for your creativity toolbox that will provide momentum for your writing life.
This online Warriors Write! workshop is a precursor to National November Writing Month. More about that at the end of this page!
Please follow this page in order:
1. Skim the website/intro from Chris Winfield (including watching the 2-minute video of Julia Cameron on his page)
2. Watch the in-depth video created just for you by Tara Smith (US Army Veteran).
3. Go back and read Chris Winfield's page again, taking special note of his "Action Idea" near the bottom of the page.
4. Read the info about National November Writing Month. We'll schedule a video chat for early November to talk more about this!
2. Morning Pages for Women Warriors:
US Army Veteran Tara Smith was a key inspiration for the Warriors Write! program. Prior to moving to Ireland, Tara was a frequent visitor to Sylvan Dale for trail riding and participated in last year's SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat at the ranch. Tara is writing a memoir about her life and time in the service. Because she now lives in Ireland, she's unable to join us in person so we taped a session about how Tara has used morning pages in her writing practice. Tara's video is 25 minutes long, so get yourself a nice beverage and cozy up to your screen! [Click the video to get started.]
4. National November Writing Month
NaNoWriMo is an international group that fosters writing by encouraging people to commit to writing 50,000 words during the month of November. In many cases, people will write the first draft of a book-length work during the month.
Warriors Write! is going to use the structure of NaNoWriMo to do our own November writing challenge. 50,000 words is about 1,600 words a day. 1,600 words is about 4 pages. So ... the Warriors Write! November challenge is to do Morning Pages every day for the month of November -- which will get you to the goal of 50,000 words!
If you like the sound of this challenge, please go to https://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works to learn more and sign up. NaNoWriMo has fun tools for tracking your word count and writing meet up groups in most communities. We will also do check-in calls and an in-person writing meet up in November. We'll have a special webpage dedicated to the November challenge and track our collective word count.
If you already are writing regularly and don't feel the need to add Morning Pages to your routine, you can do NaNoWriMo for any writing project that you're working on -- memoir, novel, self-help book!
Once you've completed this workshop, please leave a comment below and let us
know if you want to be part of the WW NaNoWriMo Morning Pages Challenge.
Save the Date for the next Warriors Write Session
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9 to 3
(at Sylvan Dale with portions of the day via video conference)