Review “MASTERING THE PROCESS: FROM IDEA TO NOVEL” By Elizabeth George

Review “MASTERING THE PROCESS: FROM IDEA TO NOVEL” By Elizabeth George

Although I am a fan of mysteries, I have a “short list” of those top authors that simply cannot be missed when one of their latest and greatest hits the shelves. On that list is the incomparable Elizabeth George and her thrilling series focusing on Inspector Lynley. She has forever gotten rave reviews from myself (along with all others who are lucky enough to never miss one of them). So, it was thrilling to learn this incredible author put together a nonfiction book now, offering all writers and readers out there a chance to learn how she does what she does.

From explaining her methods of research, outlining, and her actual writing process, Elizabeth goes into superb details that allowed me to learn just how an American author can so perfectly write British mysteries. Utilizing one of her own Lynley titles as an example (“Careless in Red” published in 2008), she shares everything from how her rough draft was written, to her own personal notes that have never been seen before, to photos, character assessments and how, exactly, she created those incredible plot twists in order to keep all of her fans guessing and coming back for more.

It’s no surprise that this—much like Stephen King’s “On Writing”—will be placed next to my own computer on my desk so that I can refer back to it as I attempt to write. The craft of writing fiction is highly difficult, but having someone to refer to like Elizabeth George in order to better understand outlining, attention to details, organization and more, is a true gift. Whether reader or writer, this is one title that provides an intimate look into the writing life and career of one of the absolute best who should appear on everyone’s “short list.” 5 Stars!

Review “MASTERING THE PROCESS: FROM IDEA TO NOVEL” By Elizabeth George

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