“A Book of Brilliant Ideas” by The Brothers McLeod is one of the “fill it up with your scribbles” books. It doesn’t have a plot, characters, emotions, development… or maybe it does? The premise is simple: each page contains a “creative exercise or challenge” devised to help you exercise those creativity muscles – be it a coloring picture, join the dots exercise, draw whatever you want page, or else. There is no more to it – just pick the book and let yourself be a kid, be a free spirit, use any inspiration that comes to you.
The Brothers McLeod are Greg, an illustrator, and Myles, a writer. Both considered creative professions, and thorough the book Greg and Myles also share advice on how to power your mind to a creative level, and add some tips and tricks about it via short comic strips.
For me, having such a book with me helps me to get the juices flowing, and be a bit unfocused. Yes, usually you want to be focused – but when I want to be creative I find that focusing really limits my imagination. If I focus on drawing a dog, I can’t get past the usual way a dog looks like – but there are so many creatives ways! Having this book reminds me there are no limits, and in turn, I get more ideas!