M. Q. Stewart

M. Q. Stewart in Roman Regalia
Portrait by @GriffinStudioWorks

 

Zounds! This is the “about” page of my writing-website. It’s supposed to say something about who I am and what I do—damn, that’s a lot of pressure… I listen to “Alison” by Slowdive for 2 hours straight and type-out 1000 half-decent words, decide that they’re terrible, then open my laptop the next day—woah! What happened? This is genius! And it happens again and again. I love horror, but can’t take anything seriously, so I guess that what I write is black humor, or satire.

I’m a Brooklyn native. I’ve biked up and down my borough quite a few times, and every other borough. I started my most recent tour in Van Cortlandt Park, in the Bronx, and ended all the way up in Albany somehow. I recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Religious Studies. At my day-job, I use my knowledge of Greek Tragedy and the Hundred Schools of Thought to file insurance policies, statewide.

I haven’t perfected this thing called writing yet, but I’ve learned a lot. Here is my philosophy:

Brevity

I like to keep things short. Books and poems, to me, are like tapas. Good ones are only as long as they need to be. Every word is a perfect bite. Yum!

Lucidity and Non-Lucidity

It’s important to cultivate Non-Lucidity. Thinking too much creates trite language.

Lucidity is also important. Without it, stories lack structure—or really, the thoughtfulness necessary to reach their true potential.

I haven’t struck the right balance yet, but I’m getting close!

Always Recycle

I have two huge stacks of scrap paper in my apartment. I keep them in case I need to jot something down, or sketch something out. I often find myself creating flow charts for certain chapters of my stories. If I find a piece of paper with a blank side, I keep it. Since I do so much writing and drawing, I feel like it’s the least that I can do to create less waste.

Feel free to get in contact with me: MontgomeryQStewart@gmail.com

Cheers,

-MQS