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Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Elizabeth George

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Title:Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
Authors:Elizabeth George
Info:HarperCollins (2004), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 288 pages
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Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George (2004)


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Elizabeth George in Write Away covers the craft of writing. She is forthright in admitting that she cannot help in the art of writing---that is your talent, but she gives options with every step of the writing craft, or skill.
She answered many problems that I struggled in my manuscript--giving freedom when others may have said it cannot be done.
She presents the writing process in a candid, nonsensical way. Her down-to-earth presentation and many examples made me feel like she was right beside me telling me how to make my writing better. She became a friend with gentle nudge that pushed toward excellence.
She covered the entire writing process---plot, dialogue, setting, narration, sequence, suspense, yet explained how to interweave them all to bring a cohesive unit that brings success.
She was generous in sharing how she writes and what works for her.
I enjoyed the book. She challenged me that writing was not just putting words on paper, but achieving the craft enabled an outcome that could be timeless and treasured because the true craft was achieved. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
Like any book on writing, it has it's good points. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
I read this out of curiosity. It includes useful advice about how to organize one's life as a writer who produces completed novels. George's focus on characters and the details of how she develops plot could be useful to someone who is planning to begin a writing life. I was less interested in the examples- but perhaps I am not the target audience here. ( )
  karmiel | Aug 12, 2015 |
For the beginning writer, or one young in the craft this is quite a good resource. One I can recommend to those who are just joining the ranks of we who write. It is not an easy craft, and as George puts it, one of the three parts you need is Diligence. Such as reading books on craft, as well as writing each day.

George gives many examples from her work and others to bring forth ideas that resonate. Though some a skilled writer might not adopt for they are already set in their ways, some ideas are ones worth looking at for relevance to ones own work.

This is not the place to start if this is your first day as a writer. There are other books for that, but if you have been practicing your craft and stumble across the conception that you have hit a wall, this book can help you find away around those blocks that stop us from being better writers. Specific things to develop in your writing to make it shine. And easily done in this guide instead of an entire book the focuses on one thing.

You do have to get used to George's journey, and how she has adopted her process. As I mentioned, some are ones one will use, and others are going to be left in the toolbox, and each person will pick different tools.

If you are a creative writer and want to make your craft better, this is a great resource to look at and find tools that will be of use. ( )
  DWWilkin | Mar 13, 2014 |
This is less well-known than Stephen King's memoir and book on craft, but only slightly less loved among the writing books on my bookshelves. An editor once told me that if you're going to take advice on writing, take it either from name-bestselling writers or gatekeepers such as acquiring editors or agents--not necessarily anyone who writes for Writer's Digest or has taught a writing class.

And Elizabeth George fits the bill. She's the bestselling writer of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, which has been adapted into a BBC series. And it's a series of books that I've enjoyed myself--some of the books I've found moving. So yes, if George is going to give writing advice, I'd pay attention. And as a entertaining writer, she can write fluidly and in an entertaining--and authoritative way--about the ins and outs of the craft and technique: character, setting, plot, point of view, voice, dialogue, scene--even a "map" for writing a novel. She's a big believer in outline (in contrast to Stephen King who feels a plot is a "found thing.") I've found an outline isn't for everyone--I'm not sure it's for me--but it's certainly something to try and I found it valuable to read George's guide on how to build one. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Elizabeth George writes crime fiction; here she offers a `how to' manual for fiction writers. She distinguishes art from craft in writing, maintaining that the craft can be taught, and giving instructions in the first 14 chapters regarding characters, setting, plot, landscape, start, viewpoint, dialogue and scenes. Lengthy passages are quoted by way of illustration, mostly from crime novels, many from her own, as well as frequent excerpts from her Journal of a Novel. The last 8 chapters are autobiographical, describing her own writing development and process.
Suitable for reading and discussion by groups of aspiring writers, or particular fans of George, but not for normal reading groups.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060560444, Paperback)

Bestselling author Elizabeth George has spent years teaching writing, and in Write Away she shares her knowledge of the creative process. George combines clear, intelligent, and functional advice on fiction writing with anecdotes from her own life, the story of her journey to publication, and inside information on how she meticulously researches and writes her novels. George's solid understanding of craft is conveyed in the enticing manner of a true storyteller, making Write Away not only a marvelous, interesting, and informative book but also a glimpse inside the world of a beloved writer.

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"In Write Away author Elizabeth George offers would-be writers exactly what they need to know about how to construct a novel. She provides a detailed overview of the craft and gives helpful instruction on all elements of writing, from setting and plot to technique and process. To illustrate her points, George presents excerpts from a number of well-known writers, including Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Lee, E. M. Forster, John Irving, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and Alice Hoffman."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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