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7 Excellent Plotting Tips from Agatha Christie

FICTION, NEW ARTICLES, Plotting

By Alex J. Coyne. 
Writer’s Wrte

In this post, we share seven plotting tips from Agatha Christie, one of the world’s most prolific and profitable mystery novelists.  Agatha Christie is still one of the world’s bestselling fiction writers. Dame Christie is credited with the creation of the modern mystery fiction genre – especially cosy mysteries.  Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are two fictional characters that have stood the test of time. They have come to inspire the creation of countless fictional sleuths.  If you would like to improve your elements of plotting, Christie is a good author to study.

Who Was Agatha Christie?

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (born 15 September 1890, died 12 January 1976) was an English writer best known for her mystery fiction books and short stories.  Christie wrote 66 detective-style novels. Her work has sold more copies than both Shakespeare and the traditional King James Bible.  Cards On The Table and Murder On The Orient Express are just two great novels to recommend for writers who would like to know Agatha Christie better.

Here’s what writers can learn from one of the most readable and accessible authors of our time.

MUST-READ: Analysing Agatha Christie – The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time

7 Excellent Plotting Tips From Agatha Christie

1. Start Plotting

‘There is always, of course, that terrible three weeks, or a month which you have to get through when you are trying to get started on a book. There is no agony like it.’ – Agatha Christie: An Autobiography Beginning a story is one of the most difficult parts of writing.

Writers like Stephen King and James Patterson agree. Beginning the story is sometimes more difficult than getting to the end.

What separates an ambitious writer from everyone else?

Ambitious writers write, while everyone else gets stuck thinking about writing instead.

If you want to be a writer, start by plotting your story first.

MUST-READ: What Is A Plot? – A Writer’s Resource

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