Yesterday I went to Urban Outfitters and bought myself copies of Wreck This Journal and This is Not a Book, both by Keri Smith. They are both what you could call participatory books, or interactive creativity books. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how much I used to write and draw in notebooks when I was in high school, and I miss it!
So another resolution for this year is to be more creative. I think my starting a blog and writing is a part of that, but also I want to be doing the fun, childish kind of creativity that comes from having a bunch of crayons and a piece of paper to scribble on!
I think having an outlet like this will be very beneficial when I am in the midst of submitting assignments and finishing my dissertation!
The concept of both books is that each page has different instructions on. For example in Wreck This Journal, I have so far poked holes through one page with a pencil, ripped a page out, crumpled it and stuck it back in, among other things.
If you are stuck in a creative rut, or just looking for something fun to do as a way of relaxing, definitely buy a copy of Wreck This Journal! I love it already, and as Keri Smith has many more of these types of books out, I am hoping to collect them all.
All of Keri’s books can be found here to buy online.