Tips for Preventing Sketchbook-Induced Power Madness

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been exposed to an unused sketchbook at some point in your life. They might seem innocent enough at first glance—they look just like normal books, but without any words in them—but don’t let appearances fool you. Blank pages, when left in the wrong hands, quickly become gateways to chaos. Far too many people, unwise to the power of having a sketchbook, let themselves become corrupted by it.

You could draw ANYTHING in there.

If you decide you want to responsibly use a sketchbook, you’ll need to follow a strict set of rules to keep yourself from going mad with power. Here are just a few guidelines for staying in control.

1. Find a trustworthy ally to oversee any shapes you draw.

As they don’t actually say but I’ve written just now, “A blank sketchbook without accountability is just a paper dictatorship.” If you’re alone while using a sketchbook, the temptation to draw incorrect shapes may overwhelm you. Before you put pencil to paper, make sure you have someone you trust watching over you to ensure that you’re drawing the right shapes.

Ideally, your ally should only be letting you draw squares during your first week of sketchbook use. Once you’ve proven that you can handle squares, they can allow you to draw triangles and rectangles while under close supervision.

DO NOT trust anyone who tells you that you can draw circles. Circles are simply not allowed.

2. Keep your sketchbook out of sight when you’re feeling weak-willed.

You may feel confident that you won’t draw anything incorrect in your sketchbook at first, but after a rough day or two, that willpower starts to run dry. If you feel like you may give in to your sinful thoughts of drawing bad shapes in a blank book, ask your ally to hide your sketchbook from you. Only allow yourself to look at its blank pages again when you know you won’t lose control.

3. Set aside “repentance pages” for when you stumble.

So, you were left alone with your sketchbook for several minutes, and you inevitably submitted to the dark urges by drawing curved shapes that somewhat resemble circles (which are not allowed). Don’t worry, it happens to all of us! You can still recover from your misdeeds, but it’s important that you hold yourself accountable. The best way to do this is by setting aside a few pages to write out your shame.

You can take up as many pages as you need to, but make sure you feel the appropriate amount of shame for your mistake.

Do not show mercy towards yourself. You drew wrong shapes, and you must be punished for it.

4. Throw your sketchbook into the sea.

Even if you followed the above three tips, you may find that you were simply too weak to handle owning a blank book, and you drew circles in it.

Circles were simply not allowed.

There’s no shame in acknowledging your limits! If you realize that you don’t have the willpower to fight against paper corruption, you can simply relocate your sketchbook to the bottom of the ocean, where no one will ever be able to access its power again.

Happy sketching!

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