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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Rev Upd edition (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031228666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312286668
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jakeywakey on 24 Jan. 2001
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I came to this book after reading most of Patricia Highsmith's works of fiction, with a view to understanding her method of working, being a very modest writer myself. This book is concise, informative and a good lesson in how to instil in oneself the discipline and persistence needed to finish a work of fiction, be it a short story or a novel.Ms Highsmith reveals her working methods and sources of inspiration in the clear, concise fashion that makes her fiction so gripping. All in all, a unique viewpoint from one of the world's greatest writers.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Sedgwick VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2003
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This book is interesting and useful not only to give an insight into how Patricia Highsmith wrote her books (of which I have read them all), but also as an aid to writing fiction of your own, whatever your level of experience. She doesn't preach or say how to do it; she is quite modest, saying simply this is what I did, or this is what worked for me.
That the book is slighted dated now talking of typewriters and carbons doesn't really matter in the slightest, as a large part of the book is about what happens before you commit a word to paper, and the various drafts and problems that can be encountered after you have started that process - whatever the medium used.
A fascinating insight into one of the most successful suspense authors of recent years, whose works I have enjoyed since I was 15.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol M on 5 Jan. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Highsmith's method. This book is good for somebody who has already written fiction - to get a glimspe inside the workings of an expert's brain. It's not very long, or really all that detailed, but if you like Highsmith and you're a writer, I'd recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Sjogren on 9 Aug. 2010
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This famous suspense fiction writer gives an excellent insight into how successful suspense fiction can be planned and constructed. She keeps a rather rugged style which never flirts with the reader, which I find refreshing. The book is most interesting for both new writers and those who wish to change genre.

Of even more interest, though, is the autobiographical insights one gets into the life of Highsmith. She generously exposes both her successes and flops. I loved this book!
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This is a great "How-to" book from Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley. I read it in one day, it was interesting and entertaining as well as full of practical advice. The warmth of the author's personality comes through the pages. She is down to earth, entertaining and best of all -encouraging -to new writers.
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This is how Patricia Highsmith did it - so it's revealing about the methods that worked for her - and it was interesting to discover who she would work on a piece. Lovely to read about the days of typewriters and carbon copies, too, but the essence of what Patricia did is still applicable today.
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