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Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

Elizabeth George

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Creative writing & creative writing guides

A master class for any would-be author of fiction from one of the most successful writers of crime fiction in the world

'After a number of years teaching writing courses and appearing at writers' conferences, I began to see that creating a process book utilising one of my novels as an example of each step of my process might prove useful to people who are interested in novel writing or in how this individual writer approaches the complicated task of putting together a British crime novel.'


As the author of twenty-four novels, Elizabeth George is one of the most successful - and prolific - novelists today. In Mastering the Process, George offers a master class in the art and science of crafting a novel, sharing her wealth of experience with would-be novelists, and with crime fiction fans. Using her actual work to illustrate the various steps of novel writing that she explores in this book, she illustrates her points about plotting, characterisation and technique with great clarity and generosity.

Drawing from her personal photos, early notes, character analyses, and rough drafts for every stage of her novel Careless in Red, George offers us an intimate look at the procedures she follows, from researching location to imagining plot to creating characters to the actual writing and revision processes themselves. At the same time, she gives invaluable advice for writers about what has worked for her - and what hasn't. Mastering the Process provides writers with practical, prescriptive, and achievable tools for creating a novel, editing a novel, and problem solving when in the midst of a novel, from a master storyteller at the top of her game.

Elizabeth George has taught creative writing both nationally and internationally for over thirty years and is the author of Write Away, described as 'one novelist's approach to fiction and the writing life'.

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Praise for Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

  • What a gift! Elizabeth George unites two of her greatest strengths - the keen insight of a master storyteller along with the soul of a teacher in her new book, Mastering the Process. What a rare treat for any writer, or any fan of George's work, a smart, thoughtful, approachable book on the writing process, on her writing process, as she generously shares her step-by-step method that has made her one of the most beloved writers of our time.

  • Through the years I've been lucky enough to watch Elizabeth George at work, to learn from her as she makes her way through her complex and beloved novels . . . Now in this fascinating, instructive book anyone who is interested in writing and process can learn from the master herself: all of us are in luck.

  • No one writing today is a better craftsman of fiction than Elizabeth George. When she offers to tell you the mysteries of the writing process as she does in Mastering the Process, we should sit up and pay attention. This book is revealing and charming by turns, and anyone interested in how the magic works will want to read it.

  • This is not only a useful guide to Elizabeth George's writing methods, but an intimate and generous look into the mind of one of our greatest mystery writers. Detailed and optimistic. You will love it.

  • An up-close and personal class in writing a novel.

  • I have never before read a book about writing that is so thorough, thoughtful, and most of all, helpful.

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Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George is the internationally bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, two books of non-fiction and two short-story collections. Her work has been honoured with an Anthony Award, an Agatha Award, two Edgar nominations, and both France's and Germany's first prize for crime fiction. She has taught creative writing internationally and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters and an honorary MFA in creative writing. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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