What do you do when faced with the big blank expanse of a new page (of a journal or other writing assignment)?
I almost inevitably turn to quotes as my “prompt” to get my writing juices running (ginger [in various forms] also works). In junior high and high school I maintained a very carefully written journal of quotes. My senior year I destroyed it. I still somewhat regret that. I’ve kept quotes journals off and on since then.
These days I don’t really maintain my own quote repository outside of my journal writing. I almost always turn to one of the many different quotes websites (often qotd because it is there on my start page). I like the qotd site because it also allows for searching on topics. I like to be forced to think about things or people I don’t always think about. Or that I don’t want to think about. I think it helps me to broaden my very small circle of thought and expand as a person. At least I’d like to believe that.
Thus I’ll leave you with a quote on writing I found recently and enjoyed. Mostly because it’s something I’m attempting to do more in private these days. :)
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
~ Isabel Colegate