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A great read. A fabulous book for every writer's shelf. The advice is very technical and more useful for someone who had read her books. I have and it helped me understand how she thought and developed her stories.
As a rookie writer, it helped me understand the technical process behind writing. Her advice is no nonsense and spot on. Not sure if it will work for everyone but i am a major fan of her work. It works for me.
I found this to be an excellent study in writing, not only of how Elizabeth George writes her novels but also the small vignettes which give you an insight into her. Who would have thought such an accomplished author would have doubts about her writing! I feel this book had more than a nod towards the writing classes she teaches, something I found particularly useful. Her particular way of working resonated with me and I have tried to implement many of her techniques. This book should be a part of any budding writer's book shelf, along with Stephen King's 'On Writing', of course.
Exactly what I needed : a clear, concise and easy to understand step by step of Elizabeth George's creation process. What I particularly liked is its structure, applicable to adult as children's book writing whether novels or crime stories, investigations,....
This is the best book on writing I've read. Elizabeth George doesn't talk down or say all the usual stuff you've read a thousand times elsewhere dressed up to sound new. It's inspiring and facilitating. I can only recommend that people who want to improve their writing or start to write read this book!
I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot. Hers is certainly not the kind of writing I do, but the advice is applicable to other kinds of writing - i.e. general or literary fiction rather than crime stories and the such.
George's book on writing brings a lot of common knowledge of skill set needed for fine writing, but for me, who has read many of those guide books before, and also may call my self as advanced writer, it did not add really something new. She uses a ton of examples, but they were often way too long for my taste, shorter ones would have driven the point home as well. Especially as many examples are the same other books use. George's guide book looks a bit fluffed up that way.
A definite classic among 'books for writers'. Recommendable for every writer of suspense novels, but no matter what your genre may be, there is tons to learn from Miss George. And even if you only want to know how she does what she does (without any intent to try your hand at writing yourself), this is the book for you.