99 STORIES I COULD TELL: A Doodlebook to Help You Create
By Nathan W. Pyle
Morrow Gift, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $16.99; available December 31
Nathan W. Pyle, the New York Times bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette and a former staff writer and illustrator for Buzzfeed, has created a guided journal has 99 prompts which will make journalers laugh, teach them to draw, and help them create new, imaginative illustrations to express themselves as we enter 2019.
Each prompt comes with a mix of solid black boundaries to color and blue lines to use as a jumping off point for further imagination.
The prompts move from extremely supportive toward the start of the journal, which gives the reader lots of structure so as not to intimidate them, to more free-form, allowing the journaler’s skills to increase as they mow through 99 Stories I Could Tell.
The prompts themselves are a collection of inventive and humorous trips down memory lane or into the imagination. This helps journalers curate and draw on their most cherished recollections and then draw them.
Some journalers may unearth memories they didn't know they had, and may find out things about themselves that they were not aware of.
Each page prompts stories and doodles that will be ideal for consumers to share online. The unfinished doodles can also be mixed and matched to create all new narratives, the way musical notes can be lined up differently to create new songs.
The journal itself is a large square, big enough to satisfy doodlers' needs, but a nice size to carry around in your backpack so you'll be ready whenever inspiration strikes.
Here are examples of what 99 Stories will ask you to create: