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Thomas Perry Quotes and Sayings

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All writers are mimics, and I'm not interested in picking
up somebody else's style or voice.
- Thomas Perry

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

Being comfortable isn't the way to learn to expand your abilities.
- Thomas Perry

I don't consciously do anything to maintain a unique voice.
- Thomas Perry

 

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience,
hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could
be a pretty dull experience.
- Thomas Perry

I do hope to bring Jane Whitefield back before too long.
- Thomas Perry

If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something -
a character sketch,
a monologue, a description of some sight,
or even just a list of ideas.
- Thomas Perry

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I held a variety of jobs - most notably ten years working in universities -
and kept on writing.
- Thomas Perry

I think we did a great job of putting together a program
that would have made good e-books available had people
been buying e-books in any real numbers.
- Thomas Perry

Much of what we do in life has a huge component of luck.
- Thomas Perry

If you'll think about various series you've read,
can you think of any instance in which,
say, the tenth volume of the series is notably better
than the first nine? I can't.
- Thomas Perry

I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade,
because I loved it.
- Thomas Perry

Yes, in my books I do edit myself to keep from becoming the Village Explainer.
- Thomas Perry

I do want to write about Jane Whitefield again,
but only when I have a good enough idea -
something I've figured out about her that's news and
that's worth a reader's time.
- Thomas Perry

I don't have dry seasons, because I don't allow them.
- Thomas Perry

I do like to explore evil characters in my books.
- Thomas Perry

I don't think the problem is that people don't read enough mystery books,
but that people don't read.
- Thomas Perry

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

It was a lot of fun, and writing a series is comfortable.
It's almost like having a secure job.
- Thomas Perry

When I write a book, I'm making it the best book I can.
- Thomas Perry

What I look for in any character, good or bad,
is whether I can hear him speak.
If I can imagine him that clearly, then I can write about him.
- Thomas Perry

But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true:
every character is the hero of his own story.
Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him.
It's fun to give these people voices.
- Thomas Perry

There are days when I intentionally don't write.
For instance, I never write when I'm traveling,
because travel is a situation where I can learn more
by looking and listening than by working.
- Thomas Perry

I do have to earn a living, so I'm conscious of probable reactions from readers,
but the most important one is still the awareness that
if I'm not enjoying a story,
the reader won't either.
- Thomas Perry

You have very accurately described the difficulty of
presenting my books on film:
many of my characters are alone most of the time,
and when they do talk, what they say is mostly lies.
That can make for a pretty confusing film.
- Thomas Perry

The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful.
They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller.
They're active, and most of the common virtues,
the signs of a good person, are not.
- Thomas Perry

It's important, I think, for a writer of fiction to
maintain an awareness of the pace and shape of the book as he's writing it.
That is, he should be making an object,
not chattering.
- Thomas Perry

Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice,
you begin to realize that some of the things you'd
like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't,
or couldn't, do.
- Thomas Perry

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

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

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

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins,
and be more dangerous.
- Don DeLillo

You get ideas from daydreaming.
You get ideas from being bored.
You get ideas all the time.
The only difference between writers and other people
is we notice when we're doing it.
- Neil Gaiman

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter.
I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book,
If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
- Alice Walker

I don't think poetry is something that can be taught.
We can encourage young writers, but what you can't
teach them is the very essence of poetry.
- Robert Morgan

I'm more concerned with getting them to find and strengthen
their original voice as writers rather than imposing
my own subjective tastes,
judgements or sensibility on the project.
- Douglas Wood

The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't
do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it.
Red wine and garlic also helps.
- Jim Harrison

The classical writers...
playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights,
all showed areas of all classes and how they live and
painted them pretty authentically.
- Timothy West

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

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write.
And they care.
- Russell Banks

Writers are always selling somebody out.
- Joan Didion

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

The prophets and the writers of the Psalms were clear
that God was continuing to work in the universe and in all history.
They declared that He had created the universe.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

Painters of paintings, writers of books,
never could tell the half.
- Lorenz Hart

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

Most writers like to maintain some sort of anonymity.
For me, making videos was an assault.
- Sheryl Crow

I do enjoy working with writers.
- Neil Jordan

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

I want to see the writers strike because the writers,
god bless them, are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
- Ned Beatty

Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.
- Daniel Keys Moran

They're fancy talkers about themselves,
writers.
If I had to give young writers advice,
I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers;
when you get to the point where they take you to lunch,
let the editor suggest where to go.
- Jerry Pournelle

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

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 had to prepare physically every day,
and I didn't leave many scraps for the writers.
- Ryne Sandberg

An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly.
So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
- Ken Follett

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

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers
form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
- Nicholson Baker

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

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

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

What we need is more women writers, writing for older women.
There are some actresses who have production companies
and create their own material,
and I truly admire that.
- Kathleen Turner

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

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself
to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
- Robert Frost


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