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27 quotations by Richard Russo

QuoteYou use simple brushstrokes in a screenplay for things over which you would take much greater pains in a novel.Quote

QuoteYou just kind of have faith. If that sounds kind of mystical, it's because I really don't know how it works, but I trust that it does. I try to write the way I read, in order to find out what happens next.Quote

QuoteYou can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether or not anyone says a word. She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.Quote

QuoteWhen 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.Quote

QuoteWhen authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays, everybody assumes that's the end. Here's another who's never going to write well again.Quote

QuoteWhat does it feel like to be a parent? What does it feel like to be a child? And that's what stories do. They bring you there. They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always different from an expository explanation.Quote

QuoteUltimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it.Quote

QuoteStructure is one of the things that I always hope will reveal itself to me.Quote

QuotePeople often ask me how I make things funny. I don't make things funny.Quote

QuoteMy books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination.Quote

QuoteIt's no secret that in my books I'm trying to make the comic and the serious rub up against each other just as closely and uncomfortably as I can.Quote

QuoteIf you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke.Quote

QuoteI'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out. It was a rare movie.Quote

QuoteI was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel. It's always been my view that there are already more than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good. Most of them are self-conscious and bitter, the work of people who want to settle grudges.Quote

QuoteI want that which is hilarious and that which is heartbreaking to occupy the same territory in the book because I think they very often occupy the same territory in life, much as we try to separate them.Quote

QuoteI think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about.Quote

QuoteI think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.Quote

QuoteI suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.Quote

QuoteI read pretty voraciously. If it's good, I don't care what it is.Quote

QuoteI looked back at some of my earlier published stories with genuine horror and remorse. I got thinking, How many extant copies might there be, who owns them, and do they keep their doors locked?Quote

QuoteI have to have a character worth caring about. I tend not to start writing books about people I don't have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long.Quote

QuoteI don't think there's a shortage of material in the world. Or in my head. I just pray for continued good health, because I've got other stories to tell.Quote

QuoteI can be glib and truthful all at once.Quote

QuoteHBO is really famous for hiring good people and staying out of their way until they ask for help, or need it. And that reputation is earned.Quote

QuoteEven at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions.Quote

QuoteBy ignoring a lot of American culture you can write more interesting stories. Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is, you'd be writing about a lot of people sitting in front of television sets.Quote

QuoteA lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge. They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong, take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing.Quote