As I’ve talked about in my previous article, there are so many benefits to morning pages for your well-being, creativity, and flow. One question that I am often asked by clients is if they can type them? In this article, I am going to give my top Morning Pages Tips for typing versus writing them longhand.
What Does Julia Cameron Say?
If you ask the original creator of morning pages, then the simple answer to this question is no – you really do need to write them in long-hand if possible. But stay tuned to the end of this video where I will talk about what to do if you can’t write them by hand.
In her blog, Julia Cameron acknowledges that typing morning pages will speed up the process but overall gives less depth to the writing. When we write by hand, we get a deeper, more intimate connection to our thoughts. So yes, it does take longer, but it is more efficient in terms of getting in touch with our soul and opening ourselves to our true authenticity, setting us up for a strong day ahead.
Morning Pages Tips If You Can’t Write Them
I agree with all that Julia says. I do.
But I also have clients that are very overwhelmed and for whom time is a real issue. I would much rather they do ten minutes of morning pages on a laptop than never being able to do it by hand.
With the speed issue, I do agree that writing it down does slow you down and make you connect more to your thoughts, but sometimes my mind is running quicker than my hand and I think it’s ok to type in those circumstances to make sure that you have enough time to get everything out.
Depending on the topic that comes up in the pages, typing can also be quite cathartic because you can bang out the words on the keyboard.
Typing can also be a more convenient fix if you are traveling for work and don’t have the luggage space to be packing a journal on top of your work stuff, and of course, it is a great solution for those who find morning pages challenging because of physical constraints like arthritis.
So, in conclusion, if you can write them longhand then yes, you will get lots of benefits, but don’t sweat it if you can’t. I would much rather see someone doing some morning pages on a computer rather than none by hand.
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