“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
1. Writing will become a chore if you don’t enjoy your subject
"I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself." ~ J.K. Rowling
2. Begin with an outline
“If you’re going to write a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterward.” J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Start with an unforgettable opening line
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” J.R.R. Tolkien
I discovered Agatha Christie’s books when I was in Junior High school. Between her mysteries, Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy and Sir Arthur Conan’s Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, I was solidly on the path to becoming a life long Anglophile.
A couple years ago, I re-read as many of Christie’s books as I could find. It was like meeting an old friend at a high school reunion. My favorites are “Murder on the Orient Express” and “And Then There Were None” which was her best-selling novel. I left her book, “Curtain” for last, which seemed appropriate even though I didn’t realize it was Hercule Poirot’s last as well. Poirot is undeniably my favorite of Christie’s characters, though it was her least favorite. After watching David Suchet (who played Poirot to perfection) I then had a visual of his