I recently purchased Wide Open, an awesome set of inspiration cards for journaling, and today I’ve been looking through the journal that comes with the set. It also has prompts and tips. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I love journaling and crafting but it’s been some time since I’ve felt the urge to create, mainly due to just not finding enough time. Anyway, I know my creativity spark will come back and in the meantime I’ll play with these cards and be inspired.
One exercise in the creativity notebook that did catch my attention was on collecting movie lines. The author encourages you to think about your favorite movie lines and use those in your art. Well, I have a terrible memory when it comes to movie lines (same thing for remembering a joke’s punch line) so that’s not useful to me but I do have a collection of book excerpts that I’ve liked.
I used to write these down in a book journal and I realize I don’t do this as much anymore. Well, I do write lines that I’ll use for a blog post/review but once that’s done I don’t keep a record of them outside the blog. I think I need to start doing that again. Want to see what some of the jottings in my journals are? Here are a couple:
- “Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life, he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment” ~ from Of Human Bondage
- “What really knocks me out is a book, that when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” ~ from The Catcher in the Rye
Do you keep a collection of favorite lines from books too?