Over the last three weeks, I have been consistent about writing in a stream of conscious style every morning. You can read more about the whats and whys here, but the basics are as follows:
- Write until you have completed 3 pages, long-hand. Even if you just write "I don't know what to say" over and over again, get all 3 pages.
- Write as soon as possible after waking. For me, I hit the power button on the coffee maker and start writing immediately. I want as little outside influence as possible. Waiting for a few hours allows your brain to get bombarded by commercials, work stress, and whatever the hell else you got going in life.
- Don't feel like the writing has to make sense, or follow any kind of formatting rules, or follow any kind of rules really. Just write.
More than anything, this practice has given me the mindset that I am "starting the day off right," and everything else is better because of it.