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Jerry B. Jenkins Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Dreams

Actually 'Soon' has more than the Left Behind series,
but I really believe less is more.
- 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 think all fiction should be fair game for the Christian market,
except porn, of course.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

 

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

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

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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

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

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

I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Christian market has less competition and lower standards.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than
I do by other writers' works in a way.
Or by popular culture, movies - what else is there
to write about than love and loss?
- Alice Hoffman

There are writers who do start doing the same thing
again and again and almost inevitably fall into self-parody.
- Tobias Wolff

I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired
to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.
- Barry Mann

All writers of the Chaldaean period associate monotheism
in the closest way with unity of worship.
- Julius Wellhausen

Writers speak stench.
- Franz Kafka

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
- Octavio Paz

Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm
of English prose seem to me matters where both writers
and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.
- F. L. Lucas

Placing on writers the responsibility to represent
a culture is an onerous burden.
- Amy Tan

I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to
writers and really put restrictions on them.
People don't think your work is quite as universal.
- James Welch

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

Recipe writers hate to write about heat.
They despise it.
Because there aren't proper words for communicating
what should be done with it.
- Alton Brown

The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's
also full of fourth-rate readers.
- Barbara Walters

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

Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern
is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
- Len Wein

Sometimes writers say true things about the overall nature of publicity,
promotion, and the publishing industry;
but alas,
not always.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained.
With the other psychoanalytic writers,
everything is always so known and fixed.
- Anna Freud

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

Good writers are of necessity rare.
- George Henry Lewes

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
- Beverly Cleary

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy.
- Connie Willis

I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers:
whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.
- Wendy Cope

Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor.
It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values,
some of the same techniques.
- Robert Morgan

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

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
The most original writers borrowed one from another.
- Voltaire

I had neither expert aid nor advice.
I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago,
I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Robert E. Howard

How that works is our first season was the year we
had a threatened writers' strike,
so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes,
we did 30.
We put 10 in the bank.
- Christopher Meloni


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