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Wednesday, 23 March 2016
THEMSELF: Confessions of an Open University Creative Writing student by James Kemp
3 out of 5 stars Non-fiction, Creative Writing short articles On Amazon UK HERE On Amazon.com HERE On Goodreads HERE
This is a sort of diary, originally produced via James Kemp's blog, of
some of his exercises from his course. It includes some pieces he submitted, and a
few other random ones, and poetry. At
the back there is some information on editing, self-publishing and promotion
from James's own experience.
This would be of interest to the absolute beginner, as some of the initial
exercises are elementary, the sort of thing one learns at school. It's nicely written and laid out, and James's
manner is honest, pleasant and helpful.
This book skirts the edges of the various subjects it explores, as
James's experience in such things as editing and marketing a book via Twitter
is limited. The information is basic, but
not unhelpful, though some is incorrect (the minimum price to charge for a book
on Amazon UK is 99p, not 77p, for instance).
To sum up, this is a book for a novice or another creative writing
student, and I'd describe it more as an anthology of pieces to dip into, as
there are some of practical use and some pieces of fiction.