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The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook [Paperback]

Paul Mills
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Feb. 10 2006 0415317851 978-0415317856 1

This step-by-step, practical guide to the process of creative writing provides readers with a comprehensive course in its art and skill. With genre-based chapters, such as life writing, novels and short stories, poetry, fiction for children and screenwriting, it is an indispensable guide to writing successfully. The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook:

*shows new writers how to get started and suggests useful writing habits
*encourages experimentation and creativity
*stimulates critical awareness through discussion of literary theory and a wide range of illustrative texts
*approaches writing as a skill, as well as an art form
*is packed with individual and group exercises
*offers invaluable tips on the revision and editing processes.

Featuring practical suggestions for developing and improving your writing, The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook is an ideal course text for students and an invaluable guide to self-study.


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Paul Mills teaches creative writing to u/gs and p/gs at York St John College.  He has held writing fellowships at Leeds and Manchester universities and a Fulbright Teaching exchange fellowship in the US.  He is a published poet and dramatist. 

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2.0 out of 5 stars Found wanting . . . April 29 2011
By Aaron
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Paul Mill's effort is the first creative-writing text that I've read - and if others in the field are comparable, it may be the last. Some of the adjectives it conjures up - though I've been warned to use adjectives sparingly, without being told why - are dissatisfying, muddled, and inadequate. Part of the fault lies, no doubt, in the overambitious nature of these one-stop-shopping works, but only part. There are other reasons for concern.

The book is replete with a lot of very poor philosophising. The philosophising itself is unavoidable, I suppose, but it needn't be sub-par. Here it houses self-referential missteps and nested inconsistencies. At one point, within the space of a paragraph, the author seems to espouse both mind-body dualism and physicalism. His treatment of memory is also shallow and ill-conceived.

Yet maybe we can forgive him the philosophical blunders. After all, he's a simple writer and not a philosopher. However, he also falters where we would expect him to be strong - on language. For instance, in discussing metaphor his prime example is not a metaphor at all but an analogy. ("Doesn't he know the difference?" I thought.) Worst of all, in my view, was his off-the-mark chapter on children's fiction. It lacked all insight and penetration.

It could possibly have been worse, so I gave the thing two stars. But, needless to say, I do not recommend it.
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