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Writing Routines: Agatha Christie

Brandi L. Holder

I have been stuck in a serious rut with my writing lately. I love my daily activity of starting my day reading, but other than that I have no particular routine for completing my work. So I decided to research the routines of famous writers in an effort to shake things up.

I believe decision fatigue is a real thing so instead of spending hours trying to find a starting place I found this list and started at the top with Agatha Christie (1890-1976).
Despite writing 66 novels, 14 short story collections, and becoming the best-selling novelist of all time she still didn’t consider herself a writer, (early in her career anyway) instead, listing her occupation as “married lady.” What. The. Actual. Hell?!

There is no known routine that Christie followed. What I gathered from various sources is that since she did not see herself as a writer, it was…

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“America is a Gun”

Moving on …

Bare List on Being a Writer

Bare List of Words

Despite public opinion, being a writer is not sitting in a hip cafe swilling lattes as the words flow from your fingertips, though there is a lot of coffee involved. It’s not sleeping late and working an hour a day as the money rolls in by the bucket load with little to no effort on your part. It’s not lazy or frilly.

Being a writer is pounding away at your computer at three a.m. when the rest of the house sleeps because that’s when inspiration strikes. It’s laboring away, fueled by caffeine and desire to get in those final words before you’ve got to get the kids to karate. Being a writer is working through lunch because the hunger pangs issuing from your stomach cannot drown out the inspiration screaming in your brain. Burning the toast because you’re lost in thought on your current story arc, scrambling to get the…

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Death Is An Unmapped Sea

This is a powerful piece called Death Is An Unmapped Sea from Roland’s Ragbag.

Roland's Ragbag

IntoTheUnknownPhoto:  ‘On Chesil Beach’ by WHB – 2007   ©

Death is an Unmapped Sea

Day dawns and life now reasserts its sway;
Sleep ends and dreams now slowly fade away,
Leaving behind the gains which I thought real.
Reality and the sun the truth reveal,
That time has shattered youth and brought old age.
Shall I depart midst over-arching rage,
Those aspirations which I held most dear,
Abandoned now as hope gives way to fear?
Now that I’m hurt, unheard and unfulfilled,
Can I refute those truths my life distilled,
And face what unmapped seas fate holds in store,
Without a faith to bear me to the shore?


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The Heart of the Matter …

Routine Matters

The Heart of the Matter …


Bernard Malamud 1914-1986

The highly successful American author Bernard Malamud was well aware that self-disipline and effective use of  time  were central to his craft.

There are enormously talented people around but the problem is getting organized to use your talents. A lot of people lose it, they just lose it. Life starts turning somersaults over your back and the next thing you know you’re confronting things that seem to you more important than getting organized to do your writing. And if you can’t get organized, then you can kiss your talent goodbye. It happens in so many cases, it’s almost a loss, as though you have a field of flowers and were never able to collect them. 

(Bernard Malamud, interviewed by Mary Long. Mademoiselle. August 1976)



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Do you want to make the time to write?

I admire Kate’s 4 a.m. routine.

My Sunday Poem … # 25

Hello. Good morning. This is today’s post from my other blog over at The 1951 Club. 😊

Marion Chesney (M.C.Beaton)

Routine Matters

Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)

Marion Chesney is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward. But with the creation of Constable Hamish Macbeth in 1985 followed by amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin in 1992, she shifted from romances to writing the mystery novels that she is best known for writing under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton.


She lives with husband Harry at a cottage in the Cotswolds and writes in a small office on the top floor. Her writing routine is very simple but incredibly productive –

I crawl out of bed at nine o’clock – well maybe ten –  and write for two hours fortified by a cup of black coffee and cigarettes. You crank up the film in your head, and write what you see there. As an…

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This is a poem by my WordPress pal Dermott over at Postcard from a Pigeon.