Daniel Kemp

London Uk, United Kingdom

About Daniel

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I am foremost a Licensed London Black Taxi driver and secondly, aspiring to become a professional writer. I have been, amongst many other things, a London Police man and a tenant of three Public Houses. If you are proposing to visit the Capital City I may be able to offer you advice or information that might not be readily available elsewhere. I am starting a daily blog titled...’A View From Inside The Cab’...on my wall. If you would like to leave your enquires there I shall try to help. http://www.facebook.com/dannyandpatkemp?sk=friends&v=friendship http://www-thedesolategarden-com.co.uk/

An idea worth spreading

Write like an angel...Promote like the devil.

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My Family, life and good people

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What inspires You.

People don't know I'm good at

That's probably because they don't know me.

My TED story

I'm 62 but reverse those numbers to find me and what drives this new found ambition to write.

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Daniel Kemp
Posted over 1 year ago
Do you think that age makes you a better writer or the writing of many stories makes you so?
I believe that imagination is the greatest tool in a writers bag, without that then a story becomes a recital of facts. Imagination comes from all walks of life but the ability to accumulate that resource comes, I believe, with age. We are limited by that ability to imagine by are surroundings and our perceptions; experience. An architect for example becomes more creative by the forming of ideas based on previous knowledge, thereby in the most successful of those, stretching the mind and the concepts of building. Our minds are one of the greatest gifts we have, but the gift of using them is not given to all.
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Daniel Kemp
Posted over 1 year ago
Do you think that age makes you a better writer or the writing of many stories makes you so?
In reply to Pat Gilbert: The only trouble with your quote is that practising a bad habit for 1000 hours will not make one very successful, it will lead in the opposite direction. Personally speaking, I would say that nothing makes up for a lack of imagination and the grasp of reality. Fantasy is find but relies utterly on imagination where experience gained in aging plays no part. However, to write good prose, and great conversation, then a life of variety must be the foundation on which to build. The adage....'Write about what you know' is nonsense in one respect, as it curtails imagination unless the work is autobiographical. But again that advice is priceless if it is life experience that aids that prose and conversation.
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Daniel Kemp
Posted over 1 year ago
Do you think that age makes you a better writer or the writing of many stories makes you so?
In reply to Pat Gilbert: The only trouble with your quote is that practising a bad habit for 1000 hours will not make one very successful, it will lead in the opposite direction. Personally speaking, I would say that nothing makes up for a lack of imagination and the grasp of reality. Fantasy is find but relies utterly on imagination where experience gained in aging plays no part. However, to write good prose, and great conversation, then a life of variety must be the foundation on which to build. The adage....'Write about what you know' is nonsense in one respect, as it curtails imagination unless the work is autobiographical. But again that advice is priceless if it is life experience that aids that prose and conversation.
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Daniel Kemp
Posted over 1 year ago
Traditional Publishing should not be your first choice.
Marketing requires intense work, but as I understand things that would apply if traditionally published. I had a Literary agent who did present my first ever novel to the top ten publishers, to no avail. I was impatient and wanted to be read. I don't think it would have made any difference to have had, or not had an agent.