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Jerry B. Jenkins Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Jerry B. Jenkins.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

The uninitiated have real questions and valid concerns
over how the things of God appear to them.
- 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 was raised in a Christian home and,
in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster.
- 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

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

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

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

I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's.
Writers have to entertain themselves,
or they can't entertain anyone else.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

Nobody is surprised that women writers accurately represent
male characters over and over again,
no doubt because everybody knows that women understand
men much better than vice-versa.
- Peter Straub

How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Writers of fiction, when they begin,
are more likely to try the short form.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers let themselves be enticed by the language.
- Peter Bichsel

I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I'm always amazed by writers who tell me they plan
everything at the beginning.
I feel their writing days must be very bland.
- Rose Tremain

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

Literature does not exist in a vacuum.
Writers as such have a definite social function exactly
proportional to their ability as writers.
This is their main use.
- Ezra Pound

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

In fact, I think for a lot of writers,
it's so hard to be read.
- Susie Bright

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s,
with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and
cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things,
but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
- John Cheever

Our great American writers were all newspaper people.
- John Gould

But sometimes the women writers will pitch something and I'll hear it,
but the men will keep talking.
- Wanda Sykes

Good writers are monotonous, like good composers.
They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
- Alberto Moravia

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

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.
- Neil Gaiman

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

Writers are not meant for action.
- Manuel Puig

I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of -
I began writing poetry.
And I find that to be quite usual with writers,
their trying their hand at poetry.
- Shelby Foote

There's something with the physical size of America...
American writers can write about America and it can
still feel like a foreign country.
- Mark Haddon

The only people who have the long view are some scientists
and some science fiction writers.
- Sheri S. Tepper

There's a certain possessiveness of writers sometimes.
- William Devane

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

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

I think writers need windows on a view to remind them
that a whole world is out there,
not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.
- Anne McCaffrey

Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others
by what they had accomplished,
asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.
- Jorge Luis Borges


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