- Nabokov wrote some of his novels (including Lolita) on index cards, whilst working at Harvard University as a butterfly curator.
- Pride and Prejudice was originally entitled First Impressions.
- Neil Gaiman was originally a journalist. He gave up the profession due to his anger at the fact that people were able to make up stories and get away with it.
- Stella Gibbons wrote much of Cold Comfort Farm whilst on the London Underground.
- Agatha Christie disliked her creation Hercule Poirot; she called him ‘a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep’.
- Ernest Hemingway often wrote standing up.