Since then I’ve kept diaries. Over the years those diaries have changed in size, shape, and purpose. Currently I write in large sketchbooks that can handle glue, paint, different kinds of pens, and whatever else I feel like using. My journal is more than just an account of my everyday life; it’s a commonplace book filled with quotes, prayers, collages, blog entries, book reviews, lists, pictures, newspaper clippings, recipes. . . I’ve always thought of my journal as a field guide to my life. You can pick up any of the many journals I have and know who I was at that time.
So you can imagine my excitement when I found out about Keri Smith’s latest book, How to Be An Explorer of the World. Keri, if you don’t know, is the genius behind Wreck this Journal, a book that is suppose to help readers start or finish their journals with creative prompts. I bought How to be an explorer and decided to test it out. The goal of the book is to get you to notice your surroundings, savor the moment, and to focus on who you are.
Two of my favorite prompts were to describe in detail my favorite street and the library exploration prompt:
Choose a subject, theme, or item. Go to a library. Conduct research on your chosen item. Collect as many different materials as you can to display later, such as sketches, notes, drawings, and photos. . .
My problem with the book is that I didn’t realize it’s for beginners. A lot of the prompts are great but are things I’ve done many times before like the consumer prompt which asks for you to keep track of all the things you consume for a week. It’s a great prompt for someone who hasn’t used it before. Overall it’s a great read and perfect for anyone who wishes to start journaling.