Even if you haven’t read any of Tom Clancy’s books, you’ve probably seen their film adaptations including ‘The Hunt for Red October’,  ‘Patriot Games’, ‘Clear and Present Danger’ and ‘The Sum of All Fears’. With his unexpected death at the age of 66 last week, we remember this
best-selling thriller writer’s advice.

“You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired; it’s hard work.”

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

“Two questions form the foundation of all novels: “What if?” and “What next?” (A third question, “What now?”, is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it’s more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if “X” happened? That’s how you start.”

“The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.”

Do you agree with Tom Clancy’s advice?