When you first wake up in the morning, before you dive into your day, start writing. For many reasons, Cameron advocates writing by hand as opposed to typing. For example, she believes that the slower pace generates a deeper, more mindful approach, along with a more tactile experience. If you feel more comfortable using a computer, however, that still conveys many benefits. In any case, make sure you shield yourself from distractions, digital or otherwise (see Tool 1.3: Disconnect).

Regardless of the medium, start writing. You can set a goal to fill a particular number of pages (Cameron recommends three), or set a timer and write until it expires. Try to capture your initial, raw thoughts, and resist the temptation to edit yourself, even if you find yourself thinking thoughts that feel unexpected or scary. Also, don’t worry about grammar or spelling. This is your private space, and there is nobody here to judge or criticize you.

The purpose of the morning pages tool is to foster your creativity and process mental obstacles by engaging with your thoughts and emotions. The key is to stay consistent, remain open to what comes up, and give yourself the space to explore your inner world.