This is a little left field, but worth the view. Somerset Maugham changed my life…in a way. I was in my early twenties and not much of a reader. My friend Cal gave me Maugham’s A Razor’s Edge. He said, “I think you might identify with the main character.” I did, and it was the first novel to really affect me. I went on to read just about everything Maugham wrote. Hemingway called him a second-rate novelist. Maybe so. But that book–I only read it that one time–helped me realize how a story can connect to a reader.
In this rare video, Maugham talks about his writing, where he gets his ideas and characters. It’s worth a listen to.