To me, Agatha Christie was the Master of Mysteries. I know Poe came first. But his stories were more puzzles. He didn’t focus on mysteries like Agatha, or rather, the Grand Dame, did. Dr. Conan Doyle, with Sherlock, brought us the great detective story. But Agatha gave us three major detectives or couples, including Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and the ones I loved, Tommy and Tuppence. She brought the mysteries into our homes. At least the homes in England. And her detectives
Writers are always looking for inspiration. To me, a story begins with either the
characters or the plot. And any story is made better when the characters have depth, are more than just what they call a cardboard figure. You add depth by adding personality, interesting and diverse experience, and characters who aren’t all the same.
I’m a lifelong reader of newspapers. And one place where I’ve found interesting stories of people in a newspaper is in the . . .
Over on Edie Melson’s blog The Write Conversation, I wrote a post about what you can learn from an obituary and how it can help your story. You can read it here.
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Recently I had a post on The Write Conversation about getting feedback as a writer. Hearing criticism is rarely fun, even when the person is correct and the feedback is helpful. It’s hard to look past the slap in the face.
But we learn by receiving criticism, especially good criticism from people who know what they are talking about. In my post I gave four places to go to get feedback on your writing.