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The Job of Writing
Rae Foley on Writing
Edited by Charles Elliott
Paperback, 160 pages
Price: $ 26.00
Elinore Denniston lays out, without waste or bombast, the experience of a lifetime of writing – as a translator, ghost writer and widely read mystery writer.
Her passion for the written word, its power and importance to the human condition, is evident from the first page of this book to the last. She began writing as a translator in New York City in the 1930s, and wrote under the pen name of Dennis Allen, and later of Rae Foley, creating a dedicated following of those who appreciate well-plotted, carefully crafted mysteries without the debris of four letter words and pointless violence.
This last book is, more than anything, a word of encouragement and advice to one who would be a writer. It honestly faces the difficulties and challenges of the writer (few can make a living at it), but acknowledges the sheer joy of the creative process. It is a song at once of passion and pragmatism, and covers such questions as “Where Do You Get Your Characters?” and “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”, but is neither a cookbook nor a ‘Writing for Dodoes’ book. (Writing is not for dodoes).
Though written in the seventies, The Job of Writing is just as relevant today as it was then. It is honest, tough, sensitive and intelligent. This is the first and best book for the would-be writer.