English Women Writers on Writing

Introduction:There's nothing quite like turning to a successful author for writing tips. Agatha Christie, Barbara Cartland, Daphne du Maurier, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Elliot faced their share of blank pages, coming up empty on ideas and life getting in the way. Look to these accomplished English women writers for helpful advice to find your own unique way through.

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    Agatha Christie

    The Queen of Crime was big on unique, original concepts. In her autobiography, the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stated, "I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas." Click on the link below for more information.

  • 02

    Barbara Cartland

    Although she relied on a support staff for typing and related tasks, the Queen of Love also did her own composing. "Nobody sends up Barbara Cartland better than I do myself," she said. The author of over 700 novels, biographies, beauty tips and gossip columns even sent newspapers her own obituary in advance. Click on the link below for more information.

  • 03

    Daphne Du Maurier

    The author of "Rebecca" and "The Birds" was a firm believer in research. Some inspiration came from learning the factual history of her own homes. "You find out as much as you can, then build your story around it," she told one interviewer. "For example, I know Roger Kylmerth lived at Kilmarth in the fourteenth century. But I don't know what he was really like. He may have been entirely different to my Roger!" Click on the link below for more information.

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    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Despite many hardships and long-term ill health, activist and romance poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote prolifically. Best known for "Sonnets from the Portuguese" and "Aurora Leigh," the abolitionist daughter of plantation owners wrote, "Of writing many books there is no end." Click on the link below for more information.

  • 05

    George Elliot

    In Middlemarch, the essayist, storyteller and poet George Elliot wrote, "It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." The author of Adam Bede and Scenes of Clerical Life had quite an open mind for a nineteenth century English farmer's daughter. She took up atheism and openly "shacked up" with her lover, who was locked in an open marriage, from which he could not gain divorce. Click on the link below for more information.




Final Thoughts

Whether you're wondering what to write about, struggling to make ends meet whilst remaining a writer or trying to get a plot moving again, simply consult these amazing English women writers. A moment reflecting on how they turned challenges into publications will open up your wellspring and get the words flowing again.


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