3 Easy Ways Adults Can Make Their Reading More Interactive

Every day you create.

This makes you an artist.

You don’t have to believe me. Seth Godin defines an artist this way:

Artist definition



Art defined




So that means you.
Artist need inspiration, ideas, knowledge, materials, tools.

Reading is a grand source of many of those qualities.

Here’s what’s scary:

Only 32% of Americans have visited a bookstore.

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Sure digital is having an impact on this data presented by Publisher David Godine.

So as an artist curiosity in all media is important, including books which means doing more than just reading a book but interacting with it.

John C Maxwell in his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential (See My Top 5 Books for 2015) says

Curiosity Maxwell

Increase your curiosity by making your reading more interactive.

I’ve been using these three easy methods for a while. However, I’ve made the process much more conscious over the last year as I saw my learning, retention and practicality from being more hands on, grow dramatically

Here’s a great quote from Lynda Barry that I discovered as I interacted with a wonderful book called: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Digital age

Easy Interactive Method One.

Flag and Highlight

Ever since I watched Eckhart Tolle on Oprah exploring A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61)
in her breakout program, See Here I’ve been using the Post-it adhesive flags and highlighters. I overcame my aversion to marking up a book to do this. The practice however is invaluable. Finding references, ideas, and quotes became a lot easier and saved tons of time. Recently I’ve adopted an idea from John C Maxwell’s The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by noting the highlights, quotes and idea, on a page in the front of the book.



Easy Interactive Method Two

Journal As You Go.

You can do this digitally or with your digits. I keep my journal open as I read that day. I want to capture ideas sparked by what I read. This article is one of those ideas. To make these ideas stand out, I outline each idea in a different colored pencil and roughly fill I n the square.


journal highlights


Then when you get stuck for and idea or inspiration you can browse your journal until the muse strikes.


Easy Interactive Method Three:

Use Google.

A smart phone is the perfect tool for this, or access to your laptop.

When I come across unfamiliar words, or concepts or references, I use the Google search app. I use the mike option so I don’t have to type things out which speeds things out. I record the words in my journal and use them in sentences just to prove to myself I understand how to use the word. But I also not interesting concepts and reference I might want to pursue later.

Here’s what happens when you adopt these habits.

Getting into motion


Of course this means developing a regular practice. The reward for the effort? A growing, rich, library of ideas, thoughts, quotes and knowledge to drive your creativity to greater heights where all possibilities open and expand.

Grow Live Love.

©Nick Grimshawe


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  • So. That would be like every week, right? 32% of Americans visit a bookstore per week?

    Ugggghhh. That is so sad, it hurts me. I do a lot of electronic reading and my kindle lets me flag and book mark and underline with our harming the background electrons:) So I can revert to a perfect copy if I wish…:)

    Thanks Nick. I have been marking up books for 40 years. The validation does me good…
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