I've started doing Morning Pages again. In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron defines Morning Pages as "...three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness . . . They might also, more ingloriously, be called brain drain, since that is one of their main functions."
I call it "getting the gunk out." I try to get on the page all the stuff that's clogging up my brain - anxieties, fears, worries. It's all the stuff that's dulling down my imagination. It's the stuff that makes me feel like I'm slogging through uninspired muck.
I'm not sure if it's helping, but it's definitely not hurting anything. Do any of you do Morning Pages? Or do you have another system for caring for your creativity? How do you put the verve back in your verbs, the nuance back in your nouns, the sizzle back in your stories? (I know, sizzling stories? See, I told you I need help.)