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The Imaginary World Of... Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Praise for The Imaginary World Of...
“[Smith’s] unspoken message may be discovered along the way, if kids or adults notice their utopia didn’t include a Target parking lot or seven hours of media use per day. A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —TIME Magazine
“Thought-provoking. . . . The Imaginary World Of… breaks up the creative log jam by asking readers to focus on only one task at a time, page by page.” —Suvudu
“Take on the challenge of imagining something new with The Imaginary World Of… by Keri Smith. Push the boundaries of the existing world we live in and encourage yourself to innovate.” —How Design
Praise for Keri Smith
“Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer
About the Author
Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of... as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.
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I've got three copies of this book. My first try was worldbuilding without a point, and that's not how my mind works. My second try was with a world I'd done a lot of work on already, and that's not what this book is for.
My third try was a vague concept. This book has worked beautifully for brainstorming things for it.
It's obviously made for beginners- so any beginners reading this, please try it!
You don't have to be Tolkien to make a wonderful world, and this book will give you that nudge. If you have a favorite TV show, if you have a favorite color, this book will shine a light on that and help you use it to make, as the title says, the imaginary world of you.
For more practiced worldbuilders: This is a collection of prompts, and a place to write in answers to those prompts. It feels good in my hand, and it's something I can comfortably use to spend an hour (I've timed it) flipping back and forth through pages and jotting down notes. And then it feels good in my hand when I flip through it looking for that thing-I-wrote. The index is useless for that. That's good. It makes me browse through the scattered sentence fragments, and reminds me of old ideas whenever I look through it.
But going back to beginners:
I'm the creative type. There's someone I know who says "I couldn't," about creativity. This is the book I want to shove down her throat while screaming "yes you could, just look here!"
Just look here.
Just take this book, a pen, and go in and do everything wrong. It'll end up good.
An interesting side effect that I just thought of.... White working on this, you're focusing on the things you like about your own world. And who couldn't use a bit more of that?
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I’m so excited to get started on this book!!!