Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
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
6/23/17 ... reading again ... bringing back to mind the wonderful advice Elizabeth offers on every page.
Terrific book for any writer. Full of the techniques as well as the angst of writing. Ms. George is a meticulous writer; this book explains how she does it.
Jan 28, 2014 ...
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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
I've followed a process similar to George's: conduct research, profile characters, and pl ...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
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
This book might not be of as much help to a pantser, at least not 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
On the down side, the information content is low and conversely, redundancy and irrelevance are high. That’s what makes the book easy to read, but a more experienced writer would be better off with a more ri ...more
Humorous at times, and always encouraging, George has a way of making you feel that she's right there with you, patting you on the shoulder, saying "Yes, dear, yes, let me tell you a time when I felt that way, t ...more
She points out that this is "one novelist's approach," and other novelists with other approaches are equally successful. She is relatively undogmatic; the only rule in writing a ...more
If you've read and enjoyed works like "Bird-by-Bird" by Anne Lamott o ...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
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
While there are lots of writing guides out there and some advice will be familiar, and some quite different, George makes a good point that discipline is the most important attribute needed to create publishable prose. She is open with the idea that what works for her may not be what works for you. Another much less flattering review here compared it to "recipes" and I think tha ...more
If you are SERIOUS about wanting to write a novel, You MUST HAVE this Book!!!! ALL your questions are answered HERE! Forgive my dramatic flourishes, but if you want be a writer, THIS is the BOOK.
Ms. George describes in exact detail HOW to create a finished saleable product. From concept to "The End", Ms. George has provided a intellectual "full frontal" of all aspects of producing a saleable piece of novel writing, in a detailed and clear way.
She tells you HOW TO DO IT!! Am I excited? YES, I was ...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