How else can I say it? This was a very poor book. To call it a "book" is being generous as it's really the size of a large brochure with A LOT of white space. There are many ideas that are so basic as to be insulting even to beginning journalers. When she tries to venture out - she's (in my opinion) wrong on a lot of things. For example, she seems big on rules for keeping a diary/journal, (writing at the same place every time you write, write at the same time each day, list events, do this and try not to do that). She even names what she calls the three PURPOSES of a journal. (There's only three?) She says the number one purpose in keeping a journal is to pass it along as a legacy for future family readers. You mean, it's not about expressing yourself on paper - for better or worse - but about keeping a record for future generations? To her, the legacy aspect is the #1 purpose in keeping a journal. Huh?
This is a "creative journal?" Most would agree a "creative journal," would have few, if any, rules and would have future readers far from the mind. Most would probably also think of a "creative journal," as being a constant companion; not something where you write a listing of events at the same time and in the same place each day. One other quick note: the book's "bibliography" lists nothing more than articles from magazines like American Heritage, Cosmopolitan, etc. Not a single book about historical journals, a single book about creative journals; in fact, I meant that literally - not a single book is listed - only magazine articles! I could go on with more examples, but I hope you get the idea. There are FAR better books for even the most virgin of diarists/journalers.