According to a British television documentary aired in Dec. 2005, scientist from three leading universities studied 80 of the famed Agatha Christie's works and discovered she used words that invoked chemical responses in the brains of her readers.
The study called The Agatha Project, involved loading Christie's novels into a computer and analyzing her words, phrases and sentences. The scientist concluded that her phrases trigger a pleasure response. This causes people to seek out her books again and again, almost like an addiction.
The study found that common phrases used by Christie act as a trigger to raise levels of serotonin and endorphins, the chemical messengers in the brain that induce pleasure.
Apparently Agatha Christie used Hypnotic Writing to make her books--as one scientist said--unputdownable!
It sure worked for her. Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (1890-1976) is possibly the world's best-known mystery writer. The Guinness Book of Records lists her as the best-selling fiction author of all time with over two billion copies in print in the English language.
The study went on to report the following about Agatha's writings: Favorite words or phrases, repeatedly used in a "mesmerizing" way, help stimulate the pleasure-inducing side of the brain. They include: she, yes, girl, kind, smiled, and suddenly.
This excerpt was taken form Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vitale
Who would have ever thought such tiny words could play such a large role in getting and keeping a reader base. It work very well for Agatha, wouldn't you agree?
Until next time, keep writing ya'all,