Chapter 5, Brande recommends writing upon waking, you know… we call them ‘morning pages’ nowadays. ‘…[Y]ou must teach the unconscious to flow into the channel of writing….’, which is done best, Brande writes, ‘…when the unconscious is in the ascendant….’  first thing in the morning before the day’s distractions begin.
This is what I wrote this morning:
Do not talk. Do not engage — go directly to your journal and write.
No dreams recordable this morning. They all seem to have escaped or leaked or spilled out of my head. I should check my pillow; perhaps they are trapped amongst the folds, still warm and sleepy.
But I have a vision, a scene that awoke with me — no beginning or end, just a middle, a staircase descending from a deck. The deck detail recedes, the backdrop is green and grassy and in the furthest distance, treed.
In focus is the right-sided rail as I step down. Oak, the grain is distinct and knotty.
One of the spindles is broken, no longer descends all the way to the bottom rail. It hides its story though, shamed. I have arrived too late to witness or to stop.
I stare as I pass, my hand trailing the rail, then I look away.