Zachary Lazar quotes

  • I try to do as little as possible without looking like an idiot. Research is fun and easy. Writing is hard. So I try not to let the research become an excuse to not do the writing part.
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Fun #Writing #Trying

  • It's changed dramatically in our lifetimes. Communism is gone, so now the global war is framed in religious terms. Fundamentalist religion is rampant on all sides of this war. It casts a very dark shadow over non-fundamentalist religion.
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Religious #War #Dark

  • I love the rabbit hole. I spend a lot of time looking at images, Google mapping, etc. I also love to read court transcripts, FBI files, stuff like that. You go through vast, boring stretches, but the voices are always so fascinating and slowly a story begins to emerge. It's very much like playing detective.
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Voice #Google #Rabbits

  • In hindsight, I must have been looking for a way to write about Jewishness that somehow managed to minimize irony and self-deprecation.
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Writing #Self #Way

  • Once I got interested in organized crime, and, specifically, Jewish organized crime, I got very interested in it. I have learned that, like my narrator Hannah, I'm a crime writer in my own peculiar way. Crime with a capital "C" is the subject that I'm stuck with - even Sway is about "crime" in a certain way. The nice thing about crime is that it enables you to deal with some big questioO
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Nice #Narrators #Peculiar

  • What's invaluable about actually going to the places you want to write about are the random accidental things that happen. Random, accidental detail is the best way to make a setting convincing. You can of course invent your own random details, and sometimes I will also mash up real incidents.
    -- Zachary Lazar

    #Real #Writing #Mash Up

  • Bouncy trouncy flouncy pouncy fun fun fun fun fun. The most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one!

  • Matt Hock was the first person who showed me how much fun and how cool it can be to be a Christian,

  • If the English language had been properly organized ... then there would be a word which meant both 'he' and 'she', and I could write, 'If John or Mary comes heesh will want to play tennis', which would save a lot of trouble.

  • My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

  • The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.

  • If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.

  • The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.  God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!

  • If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.

  • Beginning with the first bite, and for every bite after, that try to chew ten times.

  • Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.