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In suspense novels even subplots about ...
by Jeffery Deaver

In suspense novels even subplots about relationships have to have conflict.
- Jeffery Deaver

I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry.
It is such a challenge.
- Jeffery Deaver

If you have a craftsman's command of the language and
basic writing techniques you'll be able to write -
as long as you know what you want to say.
- Jeffery Deaver

You think publishing is tough but the music world is ten times tougher.
- Jeffery Deaver

 

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

The outline is 95 percent of the book.
Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
- Jeffery Deaver

I write pretty much anywhere - on planes,
in hotel rooms, anywhere in my house.
- Jeffery Deaver

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Rule one: Write about settings you're familiar with.
- Jeffery Deaver

But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor,
and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
- Jeffery Deaver

I spend eight months outlining and researching the
novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
- Jeffery Deaver

In other words, the people who populate my books are more than caricatures.
- Jeffery Deaver

Trying to write books with a subject matter or in a
genre or style you're not familiar with is the best
way to find the Big Block looming.
- Jeffery Deaver

So I work hard to present the human side of my characters
while not neglecting the plot.
- Jeffery Deaver

I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block;
the problem is idea block.
- Jeffery Deaver

The recent fascination, I think, reflects the shift
in approach by law enforcement officials to embrace
technology as wholeheartedly as the rest of the world.
- Jeffery Deaver

Of course, I write crime stories, and I have to describe
violence and the aftermath of violence.
- Jeffery Deaver

Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition
of forensic science featured in detective stories.
- Jeffery Deaver

I also try very hard to create characters -
both heroes and villains -
with psychological depth.
- Jeffery Deaver

The best way to learn about writing is to study the
work of other writers you admire.
- Jeffery Deaver

I spend about eight months researching and outlining my book.
- Jeffery Deaver

The easy answer is that writing novels is a lot more fun than practicing law.
- Jeffery Deaver

I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise
structure in which both meaning and form are important.
- Jeffery Deaver

Ideally, I like to integrate the human issues into
the suspense story itself.
- Jeffery Deaver

When you work alone, you need to socialize at some level.
- Jeffery Deaver

My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot
in the world is useless if you don't populate them
with characters that readers can care about.
- Jeffery Deaver

For me a thriller is a very carefully structured story.
- Jeffery Deaver

Readers are paramount.
I live to write books for them.
- Jeffery Deaver

When it comes time to write the book itself I'll shut the lights out,
picture the scene I'm about to write then close my eyes and go at it.
Yes, I can touch type.
- Jeffery Deaver

I've always written, all my life, and when I was very
young I developed an interest in poetry.
- Jeffery Deaver

Of course, all writers draw upon their personal experiences
in describing day-to-day life and human relationships,
but I tend to keep my own experiences largely separate from my stories.
- Jeffery Deaver

It means working harder to do the research but I don't really mind -
I don't think I have what it takes to chase criminals
through back alleys and wade through blood at crime scenes.
- Jeffery Deaver

To answer that I have to describe what I think is my
responsibility as a thriller writer:
To give my readers the most exciting roller coaster
ride of a suspense story I can possibly think of.
- Jeffery Deaver

Hardcover books are fairly expensive these days and
to read one requires a significant commitment of time in our busy society.
So I want to make sure that when readers buy one of
my books they get something they're familiar with.
- Jeffery Deaver

Generally my typical books have lots of twists and
turns a big surprise ending and then usually another
surprise at the end and ideally,
as in Garden of Beasts, we get to the very end and
we find at the last few pages that there's yet another surprise.
- Jeffery Deaver

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader,
but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about
what will happen to the hero.
- Mary McCarthy

Suspense is worse than disappointment.
- Robert Burns

I think suspense is a big thing.
- Gina Philips

We all live in suspense from day to day;
in other words,
you are the hero of your own story.
- Mary McCarthy

I did know that the book would end with a mind-boggling trial,
but I didn't know exactly how it would turn out.
I like a little suspense when I am writing,
too.
- James Patterson

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity,
and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.
- Fawn M. Brodie

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource,
adding color and suspense to all our life.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Suspense is very important.
Even though this is humor and they're short stories,
that theory of building suspense is still there.
- Sergio Aragones

The audience wants to be attracted not by the critics,
but by a great story.
You must deliver to the audience emotion -
and when I say emotion,
I mean suspense, drama, love.
- Dino De Laurentiis

Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I like being scared every now and then,
I like the suspense and the thrills.
Nothing like taking a girlfriend to a movie and holding
her hand while she jumps.
- Scott Foley

I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.
- Thomas Perry

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a
child listens to a favorite story.
The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins,
the anticipation of familiar turns it takes,
the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
- Fred Rogers

I am in suspense as to the probable or improbability
of being called into the Army,
a station I would prefer to any other that of being
in arms to defend an injured and grossly insulted country.
- John Sevier

Luck is everything...
My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person.
I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear,
because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
- Alfred Hitchcock

You have to be kind of clued into them,
they are a world of their own, and most people find
them disappointing because the best short stories are
not constructed like novels.
- Tobias Wolff

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it.
Mostly because novels and films are so different,
and I'm such an internal novelist.
- Alice Hoffman

I've written six novels and four pieces of nonfiction,
so I don't really have a genre these days.
- Anne Lamott

Novels are longer than life.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

When I first started to get into writing,
it was via music.
I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories,
then they'd turn into novels.
I was biased toward music.
- Irvine Welsh

Comic books and graphic novels are a great medium.
It's incredibly underused.
- Darren Aronofsky

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

If I really considered myself a writer,
I wouldn't be writing screenplays.
I'd be writing novels.
- Quentin Tarantino

Perhaps, all writers walk such a line.
In general - as we all do in our dreams -
I believe I put something of myself into all the characters in my novels,
male as well as female.
- Rose Tremain

Aphorisms are bad for novels.
They stick in the reader's teeth.
- Anatole Broyard

At least half the mystery novels published violate
the law that the solution,
once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
- Raymond Chandler

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
- Manuel Puig

Most publishers seem very reluctant to publish short
story collections at all;
they bring them out in paperback,
often disguised as novels.
- John Sladek

I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones,
and they each took a decade to write.
- Donna Tartt

For the novels I wrote before selling anything,
I didn't outline much.
I had a vague idea of the story.
- George Stephen

All of my novels are democracies.
- Amos Oz

Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins:
with the kingdom of God on earth.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I take a lot from everywhere.
I take from music, architecture, novels,
and plays.
Anywhere that hits you.
- Alex Winter

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction,
On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
- Mark Haddon

When I was growing up, I always read horror books,
while my sister read romance novels.
- Dorothy Allison


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