Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Nicola Yoon

Hello friends and fellow writers! Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Colleen at Silver Treading. Each week bloggers share their favorite quotes to motivate and inspire each other to keep writing and working toward our goals. My contribution comes from Nicola Yoon.

7353006Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first and only novel.

Everything, Everything
is about Madeline, a teenager who is allergic to everything. She has SCID, or severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as “bubble baby disease”, and cannot leave her home. Has never left her home. But then one day a boy moves in next door and things get messy.

18692431I haven’t read the book but it really does sound interesting. I have added it to my TBR list already and after I finish the current ones I’m reading I will be picking it up.

She’s also a member of We Need Diverse Books, an organization devoted to increasing diversity and the representation of diversity in literature.

Yoon is working on a second book, another YA book that apparently has already made it to her editors.

“All the best sentences, I’m half-asleep when I’m writing them.”

 – Nicola Yoon

I wake up in the middle of the night and fumble for my phone hoping to catch a bit of a dream or stray thought that occurred to me in my half-sleep. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I am able to turn them into something more, and sometimes I lose the feeling or the meaning and they die in my notebook. Sometimes it turns out they were complete nonsense thoughts and should never be taken any further.

When I go to bed at night I do my best to deliberately think of writing as I fall asleep. I do it when I wake up too. Most nights I get some new idea, but most mornings I think the idea sounds stupid so I forget it right away. I think I’ll start to really explore what pops into my head in that dreamy state. My inner critic could be judging too harshly. After all, my best sentences have come when my mind is relaxed and not entire focused on The Right Way to write.

What about you? Do you come up with ideas or write when you are half asleep? What have been your best? What have been your worst, or most ridiculous?


Biographical information from Goodreads and the authors website.

Quote from Author interview on First Draft with Sarah Enni, a long-form interview series featuring authors, an epic road trip, music, bookstores, tall tales & more. Listen to the full episode here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher!

Featured image edited from Unsplash


5 Replies to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Nicola Yoon”

  1. The quote is so true! I love it!

    I often wake up in the middle of the night with the next thing I should write in my head. Then I sometimes fall asleep, only to wake with a different thought: “Now, what was it that I thought of in the night?”

    Occasionally, I will get up and scribble down a prompt for myself, which I can read the next morning.

    The biggest and best exception to this was when I was writing my debut novel, Eleven Miles last year. I woke up at four in the morning with the perfect ending to the story. I got up and sat there till dawn, writing it. I was only about one-third of the way through writing the book at the time, yet, when I came to the end a few weeks later, I changed nothing. My night thoughts, half-asleep, fitted just right.

    So thanks for a great quote!


    1. Glad you liked it! I hate when I don’t get up to write the thought down and I forget in the morning. It’s so frustrating to know I had a great idea in the middle of the night but I can’t remember it, and it’s probably gone forever.

      That’s very cool about your novel! I may have to try 4 am writing when I start mine :)

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