She had messy notebooks and unorganized scribblings of her work:

Christie’s notebooks show that stories didn’t spring forth fully formed from her head and that her famously recognizable writerly voice was entirely constructed. They also show it was no less authentic for that.

Do anyone’s stories or ideas come out any other way? I know I have ideas for projects, blog posts, and even tweets, strewn about in a slew of different places. When something pops into the little grey cells you write it down wherever you can. But no doubt, Agatha could have benefitted from cloud computing. (Via Kottke.)

Agatha Christie Was a Disorganized Writer