Wort Für Wort Oder Die Kunst, Ein Gutes Buch Zu Schreiben
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. Geor...more
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I've followed a process similar to George's: conduct research, profile characters, and pl ...more
But the passages remain in all of her best-selling books. So perhaps I should not have been surprised to find that she takes a great deal of time to craft those portions of the ...more
George, Elizabeth. (2004) Write Away. New York: Harper Collins.
There are a lot of how-to books on writing out there. If you haven’t read any, this one is a reasonable place to start. It’s easy to read, encouraging in tone, covers most of the basics, and has plenty of examples. George is a well-known writer of mysteries and thrillers, and a teacher of writing. She describes her personal understanding of writing fundamentals and her own writing process. The result is ...more
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I just referred to this book again - now autographed by Elizabeth in Key West - for her comments on the point of view of the omniscient narrator ...
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR · Must be adept to remain truly omniscient and not just slip in and out of different characters points of view · the narrator knows, sees, hears all · the narr ...more
This book might not be of as much help to a pantser, at least not in ...more
True, King and Card do make occasional references to their own n ...more
1) When writing about writing, do not include as examples numerous lengthy excerpts from your own fiction books. Especially when the excerpts are so long that, by the end of them, the reader has forgotten the purpose of reading them in the first place. I find this objectionable in its tackiness.
2) When writing to writers about writing, do not assume that your readers do not know the difference between first and third person. This is inane. Rather than in ...more
The book contains long excerpts from the author's own novels as well as that of others. While I enjoyed to a degree the excerpts from To Kill a Mockingbird and Beloved (it actually makes me want to reread Beloved), the excer ...more
The book has a lot of nuts and bolts description about elements of writing that make stories work. Many lengthy examples from novels are included. My favorite parts are probably the quotes from George's personal journals that begin each chapter. I like knowing her own struggles with story, and her involve ...more
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 a ...more
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 ...more
“You will be published if you possess three qualities – talent, passion, and discipline. You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination – either talent and discipline, or passion and discipline. You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline … but if all you possess is talent or ...more
At times, I found the lengthy excerpts from George's own works to be annoying, but I understand that, for her, it is probably the easiest way to demonstrate what she' ...more
And Elizabeth George fits the bill. She's the bestselling writer of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, wh ...more
I realize every writer will have their own way of working but for someone just starting out, who hasn’t developed any patterns or particular way of structuring the way they work, this is an ...more
BY GEORGE, I THINK I'VE READ IT!
"Write Away" holds a prominent place on my "Read Frequently [While Writing]" shelf. As I can't help doing with instructional books, I read this one in a haphazard fashion--picking it up here & there, flipping to the chapters that covered the particular writing question I had at the time. I'm pretty sure that at some point I read every page!
With each chapter, Ms. George sparked my thoughts & creativity, sharing insights & work methods that proved valua ...more
Write Away is an excellent overview of the craft of writing, from the perspective of how one successful author creates her novels. She clearly is in the camp of those who plot more up front before starting to write, but that resonates with me. More planning up front does free your mind for the art, rather t ...more
My only complaint with the book is that she frequently uses her own writing as example for the techniques or issues she's discussing. I find this both pompous and wearing. How many little snippets of scenes do I really have to r ...more
This book is all about craft of writing. Technique, plotting, voice, process. Sadly, I feel that this is so similar to James Frey's how to write a damn good novel. Many chapters and samples are similar, therefore I feel like reading the same book twice. ...more
George covers a wide range of territory in the book on the craft of writing, but what was most interesting to me was the ...more
Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the S ...more