All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun*

I am a great fan of Margot Kinberg’s blog. Her topical posts are always original and engaging. This one, on the joys of writing crime, hits close to home, a timely reminder that being a published author is a privilege and a pleasure — and that if it ain’t fun, you’re probably in the wrong line of work.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

When Writing is FunIt’s not easy to write a novel. Any writer will tell you that creating characters, developing the plot, providing closure and all of the other elements of storytelling can be challenging. And that’s not to mention things like editing and revising. But don’t let any writer (including this one) fool you into thinking there’s no enjoyment in it. There are some scenes, characters and events that are fun, or at least enjoyable to write. And that enjoyment can definitely come through in a story.

For instance, of all of the books and plays she wrote, Agatha Christie is said to have most enjoyed writing Crooked House. As she put it,


‘Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure…’


It’s clear from the novel too that she took special enjoyment in creating the story. In this novel, wealthy patriarch Aristide Leonides and his much-younger wife Brenda live with several members…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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4 Responses to All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun*

  1. Angela – Thank you so much for the re-blog and the kind words. As you say, if writing isn’t fun, it’s time to think about your line of work…


    • Thanks Margot. I’ve hit some weird glitch on WordPress which means my comments aren’t appearing on other sites. I tried to leave a message on yours to say that in addition to the karaoke scene in The Half-Child — and with the caveat that my novels are *not* autobiographical — the other scene I had great fun writing was the one where Jayne plays pools in a bar with the US Marines in Pattaya. Brought back fond memories of a similar night in a bar in Hanoi in 1996…


  2. kathy d. says:

    Well, credit must be given to the two eminent author-bloggers here, whose web postings are fun to read in addition to being thought-provoking.


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