Category: Quotes

WQ – Writing is not a Privilege

The privilege is not writing a novel, it’s to have someone read it. When you look at it that way, you realize the responsibility you have to put your very best on the page. – Javier...

WQ – Ideas Are Easy

Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest. -Rod Serling

WQ – Begin with Action

“Begin your writing, fiction or article, where the action begins. This action can be internal (e.g., an important insight or personal decision) or external (e.g., a murder or calamity). Begin too early, you lose your...

WQ – Talent, Luck, and Discipline

You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one you have to...

WQ – Only Fools Become Writers

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. – Roald...

WQ – Mysteries and Love Stories

I always tell my writing students that every good piece of writing begins with both a mystery and a love story. And that every single sentence must be a poem. And that economy is the...

WQ – The ‘Great American Novel’

Don’t start right off writing the ‘Great American Novel’, that’s too much pressure and you’ll get disappointed; start with porn, it’s fun and a good way to get your feet wet. -Scavola