Being An Investigative-Creative. A Review of Finish This Book.


Finish This Book by Keri Smith, Tara and Kathleen

Tara and I became super fans of Keri Smith when we cracked open her book, Explorer of the World, while on a business trip to Atlanta. So when we came across Smith’s Finish This Book while on another branding adventure in Lawrence, Kansas this weekend we knew we had to pick it up. We didn’t quite realize the creative adventure this book would take us on as we road-tripped back home. My 11-year-old self would have flipped out over how cool Finish This Book is - okay who am I kidding, the creative professional I am today also flipped out (and learned a lot) over Smith’s newest book.

Here’s how it goes - on a dark and stormy night (the way all good stories begin) Keri Smith stumbles upon scattered pages from an abandoned instruction manual in a park. And now she is counting on you, the reader, to help her solve this mystery. Finish This Book is broken up into four interactive sections including Secret Intelligence Training, Documenting and Observing Methods, Artifact Examination Techniques and finally The Instruction Manual. You are instructed to complete an exercise on each page - it is up to you to populate Finish This Book with the necessary content in order for it to be a book at all.

Finish This Book Sections

Finish This Book Instruction Manual

What Keri Smith does with Finish This Book is give you permission (and resources) to be a creative problem solver while finding your own unique voice and creative authority. She facilitates a creative process that takes something huge - like writing a book - and breaks it down into small but powerful exercises. Smith holds you accountable and empowers you with the responsibility of making choices and putting them down on paper - so when you do get to the end you’re not back-pedaling or doubting yourself. And when you turn the last page you’ve not only finished the book - you have become a creator in the process. Through a series of logical steps you have found your voice and you have written a story.

I can’t tell you much more without spoiling the book. So I beg you - go out and buy it for yourself - or your creative department. And if you don’t have the time (or courage) to finish it please - pass it on to a brave and curious 11-year-old you might know.

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