Richard Price Quotes.
I don’t write police stories, per se, but I usually write about areas that are very panoramic, like Harlem, or the Lower East Side, or a small urban city like Jersey City.
I’d love to be a saxophonist. I don’t know why, but I pretend I’m the saxophonist when I listen to music. I have about as much chance playing the sax as I do learning how to fly.
The more I hung out with detective squads, the more there was always one guy or two guys or a woman who had a case that they were the primary on years ago, it was never solved, and they take that case into their retirements.
If you’re writing a book that takes place in New York in the moment, you can’t not write about 9-11; you can’t not integrate it. My main character’s view is the Statue of Liberty and the Trade Center. It doesn’t have to take over, but it has to be acknowledged.
The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.
I have offices all over the place and I avoid work everywhere. I don’t like to write – I like to be finished.
I think the definition of an artist is not necessarily tied into excellence or talent; an artist is somebody who, if you took away their freedom to make art, would lose their mind.
I started thinking about my relationship with my students; I’m this guy who comes in from book – and movie – land and descends on angel wings into their classroom.
I don’t need all that much – I just need to know who my characters are and what kind of jam they’re going to get into, and I’ll write myself out of their jam.
Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day.
I write because I write – as anyone in the arts does. You’re a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint. You’re a writer because this is what you do.
You can’t take a character anywhere they don’t expect the character to go. But within those confines is where creativity lies
Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day
If I can tell you the story from beginning to end in five minutes, I’m ready to start writing.
I do small cameos here and there but nothing that requires more than a paragraph of talking, because I’m just an amateur. The movie is a whole different reality.
I can never read this book, just like I can never see a movie that I wrote a screenplay for. I can read it and see it physically, but I can’t accurately judge it. I’m too close to it. If I read it ten times I’ll have ten different reactions.
Beat him, eat him and get out.
The first thing to look out for after your first big success are drugs and screenplays.
The bigger the issue, the smaller you write.
As the industry has matured, real estate has become a very accepted investment. Institutions have used core investments to get comfortable with real estate as an asset class, and now that they’re comfortable they’re moving up the risk spectrum.
I write because I can’t imagine not writing.
Tremble, all ye oppressors of the world!
Some day, my son, you are going to learn that the two greatest joys of being a man are beating the hell out of someone and getting the hell beaten out of you, good night.
If I can tell you the story from beginning to end in five minutes, I’m ready to start writing. Then it’s a constant spreading out of that five minutes.
The kind of event on a conveyor belt that causes a fire occurs in a variety of industrial environments, not uniquely in coal environments.