Novels, depending on the genre, allow the reader to bring much of their own personal life to their stories, whereas plays are a different beast and rely on a great production and great acting.
Katharine McMahon celebrates the role that public libraries have played in her life, from her earliest discovery of the magic of books as a child, to her later career as a writer.
Living in the chaos of building works might not seem the ideal atmosphere for writing a novel, but Ruth Thomas found it remarkably inspiring.
I write 'hot', or in other words quite quickly. Having left a completed draft well alone for a month or more I go back, cooler, chastened, ready to repent at leisure.