My great friend Julia came over this week. We shared canned soup and soggy salad and talked writing. She’s always been hilarious and this year has been spending more time writing sketch comedy. After reading THE WRITING WAY by Julia Cameron, she’s incorporated an exercise into her regimen which involves starting each day with writing three pages. We’re talking longhand, stream-of-consciousness babble immediately upon waking in the morning… or at least after you go to the bathroom and have a cup of coffee.
Julia (my friend, not the book author) has noticed that she’s better able to focus on specific projects after she’s finished with her three pages. I’ve started to incorporate the same exercise into my work days. There’s no better feeling for a writer than getting pages under your belt before you step out of the house.