Prior to reading this book, I had taken a distance learning writing course and read at least 3 self-help writing books. I had co-written a book and written several book reviews, but didn't really write unless I felt I had a good reason. I would carry on with my life and, from time to time, an idea would come to me and I might write a few hundred words, save it somewhere and forget about it.
In an idle moment, I came across Gail's book in a library. I wasn't looking for a book - I was in the library with my kids, primarily for the purpose of getting them something. But something about the title rang true for me. I knew intuitively that 'making mistakes' is what prevented me from writing. I rarely wrote for fear of making mistakes. So, what if the process of writing had an inherent quality of sifting through mistakes? If I took that on board, I could write every day and understand that I didn't necessarily need to wait for the perfect idea.
Having read Gail's book, I've written every day. Mostly tripe, I might add, but interspersed with the odd truffle. However, what I've learned from this wonderful book (this wonderful person), is that the end product is not the beginning - it is not present at the beginning. But, crucially, it must be begun. And that there is no avoiding the simple fact that, if you want to be a writer, you must first BE a writer.
So, whilst this book may not satisfy your thirst for very specific technical aspects of writing that crime thriller; it WILL force you to sit down and write. And it will help you to enjoy the process and learn something about yourself and the world in the process.