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Write Away
by Elizabeth George
Book Review by Amy Coffin
“If there’s one rule about writing, it’s that there are no rules. Anytime someone tells me about a rule, I immediately set out to break it,” notes Elizabeth George. The best selling author of numerous thrillers shares her wisdom, advice and discipline in Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life.

George draws from her background as a high school English teacher to discuss the elements of the craft including character, setting, landscape and plotting. Sections of the book are also devoted to “the basics,” “technique” and the “process” of writing.

Write Away is one of the better instructional guides of recent publication. George teaches writers how to approach a story from all angles. She doesn’t offer a single foolproof method to success, rather many ideas and options to assist writers in spinning their finest yarns. Excerpts from some of the author’s favorite novels are included to further illustrate key points.

George also shares some of her personal journal entries at the beginning of each chapter. These items reveal surprising vulnerability and doubts to which many a relieved writer can relate. The author also includes details of her own disciplined writing process.

Write Away is a must for any beginning writer’s bookshelf. The guide is filled with practical information that’s flexible enough to meet the needs of all readers. It’s a valuable tool for anyone brave enough to put pen to paper.

Elizabeth George
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