Quite a while ago I read Julia Cameron's The Right to Write. In it, Ms. Cameron suggests using Morning Pages as an exercise for writers. Every morning, first thing, write out three pages in a notebook. These pages don't have to be a part of a story, they are just writing. To me, this sounds just like journaling, and that's what I think it is supposed to be.
In the Morning Pages, you can write To Do lists, nightmares, thoughts, and work out what is blocking you. When I first read about this, I must not have really thought about it, because I didn't really implement it. I thought, Oh, I'll just write three pages of fiction in the morning and I'll be good. That never works because it turns into my To Do lists and journal like entries.
Getting up a little earlier and working on the Morning Pages should help get me ready for the day's writing. So tonight, I'll try to go to bed earlier and wake up when my alarm actually goes off so I can get my writing practice back into shape.
Do you write Morning Pages? What other practices do you keep?