What she means is writing can be casual and comfortable.
Cameron writes three ‘morning pages’ of longhand every day. Morning pages are stream-of-consciousness writing that have no restrictions and carry no expectations. They act as a brain-drain, teach us to stop listening to that voice in our heads that criticises everything we write, map our interiors and often offer up insights.
Cameron says they are her pastime, which conjurers up for me images of lazy Saturday mornings of weekend papers: crosswords, book reviews, sudokus, morning pages. Mmm… I could do that.
Cameron’s writing day is unstructured and her writing fits casually into it. She might write, and then talk to a friend on the telephone. She might go out for lunch and write when she gets home. There are no strict formal hours set aside and no beating herself around the head when she fails to stick to a timetable.
I get the feeling it’s all in the attitude and the way in which we approach the practice of writing. This casual comfortable way of writing sounds appealing and relaxing, … like spending the day in loose pyjamas.
Now I just have to get me some like Billie Dove’s.