Famous mystery writer Agatha Christie was born more than 123 years ago, but her advice is still very sound.
Beginnings: "The secret to getting ahead is getting started."
Submitting your work: “Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.”
Persistence: “The stories all returned promptly with the usual slip: ‘The Editor regrets…’ Then I would parcel them up again and send them off to some other magazine.”
Characters: “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize just how much you love them.”