An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.
Are writers mad — or only very sane? Horatio Clare reflects on this conundrum, with relation to his own experience of mental illness.
As a scriptwriter, Jonny Wright has grown used to collaborating with other writers over the years. Here he talks about the pleasures and pitfalls of doing so.
In writing about her past, Cynthia Rogerson found that employing the unvarnished truth rather than the embellishments of fiction was sometimes a more powerful way of describing uncomfortable events.
Researching a book based on her father’s experiences as a prisoner of war during the Second World War, Sue Purkiss journeyed to Poland, to see for herself the places he had described in his stories. In doing so, she gained a deeper understanding of what her father had been through, and of the man he was.
When he came to move house, Roy Bainton was faced with the painful necessity of having to get rid of hundreds of well-loved books. But how to decide which should stay and which should go?
Susan Fletcher recalls the moment as a young teenager when she first became interested in Anne of Cleves — as well as the other five women who were, successively, married to Henry VIII. She reflects on why we still find their lives so engaging.
Robin Blake reflects on the history of ghost writing and the often complicated relationship between author and subject, wondering why this particular literary form is not more widely respected.