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Writers write.
by Jerry B. Jenkins

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Related topics: Dreams

People want to find out what happens to the characters,
and want to keep reading, and turning the pages.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Funny, I don't feel any more powerful today than yesterday.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are
going and having characters in place,
but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

 

When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job
to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional,
I would tell them a rapture story.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

He just kind of talks them through, and then I get
the fun part cause I get to make up the stories.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

When you come to Christ as a real young person,
I think when you become a teen-ager either you rebel or you search,
doubt, and wonder.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

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Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable,
while successful fiction must be believable.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I don't see success as the goal.
Obedience is the goal.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special -
and True -
is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Of course, bad marriages are so pervasive that they
have invaded the faith community too.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I was raised as a Christian but the transaction has to be made by yourself -
you and God -
at some point.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline.
Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery.
Like working without a net.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I think all fiction should be fair game for the Christian market,
except porn, of course.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Broken relationships are a source of heavy heartbreak
that seem to affect every family.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

In my opinion, Jesus is God's attempt to reach man.
But while I believe Jesus is the way to God,
it makes no sense to hate people who disagree.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

As for dialogue, I think it keeps things moving to cut to the chase.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Actually 'Soon' has more than the Left Behind series,
but I really believe less is more.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The uninitiated have real questions and valid concerns
over how the things of God appear to them.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I fear it's because religion is man's attempt to reach God,
and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide
anyone else's claim to have done the same.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I've written enough books with real celebrities,
such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham,
to know that fame looks good only to people who don't have it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth.
In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

In the prequel we're going to tell about the characters before Left Behind,
and the book would end with the rapture instead of
start with the rapture like the first one did.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The Christian market has less competition and lower standards.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Books that do a tenth of what Left Behind has done are smashing successes.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

People are scared to death and they're looking for
something beyond themselves.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

My dream remains to inform and entertain through fiction
in the form of novels and movies that compete in the marketplace of ideas.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I was raised in a Christian home and,
in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor,
publisher, book publisher, executive,
etc., so I was established in publishing.
three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports
stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with,
and I like the idea that with a few suggestions,
each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

It's made me more expectant of the imminent return of Jesus,
and also more sensitive to the people around me.
Knowing Jesus will return soon makes me want all the
more to tell people about him and all that he offers.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Left Behind takes what to some people may be unbelievable
predictions from the Bible and shows how they might play out.
It makes the events of biblical prophecy understandable and thus believable.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Tim sends me a fairly ambitious workup in notebook
form noting the passages we're going to cover and the
chronology of the biblical events,
and his commentaries on those things he's read and written.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a
year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs,
and had we known what we were putting off for a year,
we might not have put it off.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

I think it must be very hard to be one of the new young
writers who are urged to put themselves forward when
it may be the last thing on earth they'd be good at.
- Anne Tyler

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

I have no ghost writers.
I personally write every message and every piece of published mail.
- David Wilkerson

I've never seen a worse situation than that of young
writers in the United States.
The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
- Manuel Puig

I didn't know writers could be real live people,
because I never knew any writers.
- Rita Dove

I tell writers to keep reading, reading,
reading.
Read widely and deeply.
And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters.
And only write what you love.
- Anita Diament

Ilike ideas writers have that I might not have written.
Writers are there for a reason...
to write for me.
- Tim Roth

Writers are not always right however,
but then again, I've been on shows where the actors
have complete control and change everything and it's terrible.
- William Devane

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
- T. S. Eliot

There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water;
and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives,
that's more than just entertainment-which is what we
writers all struggle to do,
to touch people.
- Dean Koontz

I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends
were also mainly artists or writers,
so he connects what I do with his example.
- Jonathan Lethem

It is the nobility of their style which will make our
writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
- Stendhal

I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.
- Ian Hunter

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

We Negro writers, just by being black,
have been on the blacklist all our lives.
Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
- Antonia Fraser

As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens,
our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of
crediting the positive note.
- Seamus Heaney

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single,
unified entity.
- Peter Straub

I was a pretty good fighter.
But it was the writers who made me great.
- Jack Dempsey

The fact is that all writers create their precursors.
Their work modifies our conception of the past,
just as it is bound to modify the future.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Writers are in the entertainment business,
and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
- Brian Lumley

The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me.
I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist.
That suits me fine.
- Chrissie Hynde

I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.
- Richard Russo

Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending
how open and vulnerable they wish to be.
- Jim Harrison

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran

Writing can be a very solitary business.
It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer.
It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
- Paul Kane

A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are.
- Bruce Boxleitner


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