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Monday, 7 October 2019

BOOK REVIEW: CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS by Lexi Rees



I must admit I felt a little nervous about reviewing this book – not because of the content or subject-matter, but because I wasn’t sure it would be appropriate for an adult to review a book designed primarily for children.

I need not have worried.  The book is clear and easy to read, without at any point being over-simplistic.  It is split into eight sections: Colourful Characters, Delightful Descriptions, Super Settings, Perfect Plans, Thoughtful Themes, Various Voices, Dynamite Dialogue and Story Sparks.  All offer a balanced blend of information, instruction and practical exercises, presented in a fun and accessible format.  I tried some of the activities myself and found them interesting and stimulating; they’re equally relevant for adults as for children, and ideal for tackling the dreaded Writer’s Block.  As the author says in the introduction: “Any child can have a go, regardless of age or ability”. 

I wish this book had been around when I was a child.  My memories of those compulsory “Composition” exercises from my 1960s schooldays are now mercifully blurred, but I do recall that they always seemed dreadfully dull.  If I’d had a book like this at the time, I would have found writing much more enjoyable – and I would probably have become an author at a much earlier age.

Highly recommended.  Scroll down for the chance to win a free copy!

More about the book:

Creative Writing Skills: Over 70 fun activities for children

Discover the secrets to becoming an amazing author
-          Find your creative spark
-          Grow your skills and confidence
-          Have more fun with your writing
Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know about creating colourful characters, perfect plots, dynamite dialogue, and lots more …
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More about the author:

Lexi Rees writes action-packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.

When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.

She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/

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Win 2 copies of Creative Writing Skills - 
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