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.
It’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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