Rob Chapman shares the reply to a teenaged letter, and explains how the circle was squared in his subsequent career.
Elizabeth Speller explains how she got her start as a writer and then a novelist, and warns against writing about trains.
Emma Darwin introduces the Instant Gratification Monkey, and his role as a productivity aid in her writing life.
Gabriel Gbadamosi finds his talisman, and his Yoruba spiritual counterpart, in a junk shop statue.