If you haven’t tried Morning Pages, you are likely grousing that you don’t have time for such thing. I hear you. But I say you’ll create time by doing them. Because you’ll have more clarity, less anxiety and more of an ability to focus on what you really want to do throughout the day. So try it:
I first heard about Morning Pages and The Artist’s Way [af] from a co-workers in 1999 — not a writer, by the way, just a guy trying to get his stuff together.
I started turning my sporadic-journalling into Morning Pages and, like Charlotte, have revisited them over the years. It sounds too simple to be any use, but seriously: write three pages of stream of consciousness stuff as close to the start of your day as you can (even if you have to write “I can’t think of anything to write” over and over until you get so sick of yourself that you DO think of something to write) and you will fine yourself more creative, more calm and ready for anything.
I highly recommend the Artist’s Dates that Cameron talks about too. More on that later.