A Murder is Announced

How She Wrote

Christie As a Writer

Agatha Christie is one person whose personality is reflected in her ability to create fully furnished work. She regarded herself as someone more capable of observing than partaking in conversations. Christie extraordinariness also stemmed from her precocious childhood. She fell in love with reading words on paper at a very early age.

Her observant nature also helped her to write plots that drew on her experience with British society. She would watch people talk and listen carefully to what they had to say. This assisted in her developing intimate plots.

However, Christie had always maintained that she only settled to become a writer when her sister had challenged her to it. Her debut project was her first poem, The Cowslip, which she published in a local newspaper. From then on, she published several more pieces of poetry. 

Agatha Christie also credits her development to the influence which watching various people had given her. According to her, overhearing two people at a tea shop had inspired her to write her second book, The Secret Adversary. The unusual nature of the name prompted the idea that she could write something along the lines of a name that people would easily remember.

Agatha’s Notebooks

Agatha Christie was known to have started each writing journey from the pages of her notebooks. It was here that she jotted skeletal ideas, no matter how erratic they appeared, before developing them into robust plots. The notebooks’ contents could range from anything like the art of using poisons to a regular report of fraud in the newspaper. Christie could be set off by the smallest hint of a good story. 

These special notebooks of hers are said to total about one hundred. She stated that she could have as many as half a dozen on hand, so scribbling on the go was not a novelty. Of the hundred, more than seventy of the books survived.

They provide very revealing insights into how Agatha Christie’s mind worked and what every intrigue had looked like in its infantile stages. However, while Christie had scribbled tons of plot ideas in her books, many of them were never published.

In her son-in-law’s words, Christie was not the type who locked herself away from view. Her writings often imbibe all the critical details in her head or her notebook before the real work began.


After she was done with her thinking stage, she would employ her secretary’s services in getting the words typed up, explained Mathew Prichard, her grandson. She would dictate her stories into a dictaphone which the secretary would put down in a typescript.

Christie would then go on to correct this by hand. Prichard stated that his grandmother was quite agile; she could write very quickly, finishing a book could take her about two months to write and one more for the revision. This was in the 1950s. Afterwards, it would be sent off to publishers for further work. 

Christie was also known for reading her books to her family ahead of mainstream publication. After dinner, she would read one or two chapters to her family to assess the public’s reaction. Her audience here would also include guests. 

Among them all, Prichard stated that his mother was always the person who could pinpoint the murderer. His grandfather, on the other hand, would spend the time sleeping. The rest of the family would listen all through, relishing the beauty of the occasion. Later on, the book would appear in shops.