I started working through The Artist's Way this week, part of which involves doing what is called "Morning Pages". Basically what you do is, first thing every morning, you hand-write three pages. No more, no less. It's supposed to like... unblock your creativity... or something.
Although... as a card-carrying night owl, this totally terrifies me. How can I do anything first thing in the morning before my coffee, let alone write three pages long-hand? While I appreciate the novelty of such things, it's been awhile since I've actually hand-written anything.
(Thank you, Internet).
I thought maybe doing my Morning Pages on the computer instead of hand-writing might work better for me. I made the mistake of mentioning this idea to someone who's been doing Artist's Way off and on for decades. Apparently this is NOT the way "real" Artist's Way students are supposed to do their Morning Pages. It's like... a rule... or something. Which got me thinking... does it really matter to the creative process whether you hand-write or type?
After discussing this with one of my blog friends, I'm starting to think that maybe it really does matter. Maybe that's the whole point... getting in touch with physically creating something again, even if it's just three pages of pre-coffee scribbles. So I'm going to try it. At least for a week.
I know, I know, I'm supposed to commit to it for the full 12-weeks that the book outlines, but I need to trick my Internet-shortened attention span. Lol. Chances are it'll be awesome and I'll keep doing it. ;)
What about you - are you a hand-writer or a typer? Have you ever worked through The Artist's Way? Did it help your creative process?