This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention early on when she described herself as mostly left-brained (like me) and her subsequent need for a logical writing process and strategy to liberate her right-brained creative side.
George covers a wide range of territory in the book on the craft of writing, but what was most interesting to me was the behind-the-scenes look at how she comes up with ideas, characters, and plots and how she actually writes her novels. She uses a variety of excerpts from books, including some of her own, to illustrate different points of craft. Some excerpts were a little lengthy, but on the whole, I thought this was beneficial.
Overall, this was a well-written and helpful book that reads like a you’re having a conversation with the author.
Tags: Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Elizabeth George, nonfiction, On Writing, Stephen King, Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life, writing craft