All items: W. Somerset Maugham

An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.
Once I start on a novel I write every day and become captivated by the way the story unfolds. Although as author I am notionally in charge, in fact I write to find what happens next.
In recent decades I've largely read novels or non-fiction, but then I got involved with a community based RLF project, the Reading Round, which is entirely built around short fiction, and my interest was revived.