Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

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Elizabeth George writes books that are loved by her readers. She has written twenty-four novels and two short story collections. This is her very worthwhile book on how to write. Unlike books on writing such as Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write, which emphasizes the creative and unique spirit of each individual and their outpouring as original, George takes a more realistic approach. In this valuable book, she talks about the process of writing as a craft and discipline. She likens it to a sculptor who must be trained in order to carve a masterpiece. She emphasizes exhaustive research, background study, and exhaustive character development. The best part of this book is at each chapter’s end, George gives us writing exercises which are right on point. In short, this book emphasizes perspiration over inspiration, and who can argue with such a successful and masterful writer.

In this book, she uses her novel as a blueprint for her process. One does not have to be familiar with this book in order to profit from the lessons. A very good book.


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Author Elizabeth George
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 318 pages
Publisher Viking
Publish Date 2020-04-07
ISBN 9781984878311
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Issue July 2020
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