Inspirational Quotes from Jerry Spinelli

By | April 3, 2017

Just because so many conforming kids wake up every morning asking, ‘What is everybody else going to wear today?’ doesn’t mean that they don’t wish it were different. Peer pressure is just that: pressure.

Jerry Spinelli

I was very naive, and I thought it was just a matter of writing my first book and sending it in, and for the rest of my life I would be writing books and collecting royalties. Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to get published.

Jerry Spinelli

Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey.

Jerry Spinelli

Peer pressure is just that: pressure.

Jerry Spinelli

I think I have a pretty goofy profile for a writer. It seems to me most writers were reading ‘Little Women’ when they were 6 months old. At the age of a lot of my readers, I wanted to be a major league baseball player. I didn’t read much.

Jerry Spinelli

I went to Gettysburg College, where the famous Civil War battle was fought. I majored in English. I would’ve liked to major in writing, but they didn’t offer a major in that.

Jerry Spinelli

When I was growing up, the first thing I wanted to be was a cowboy. That lasted till I was about ten. Then I wanted to be a baseball player. Preferably shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Jerry Spinelli

Write about what you care about. If you do that, you’re probably going to do your best writing, reach off the page and touch the reader. How are you going to make the reader care if you don’t care yourself?

Jerry Spinelli

Write what you care about. If you do that, you stand the best chance of doing your best writing.

Jerry Spinelli

In my mind, I’m writing for everybody.

Jerry Spinelli

I have a curious background for someone who turns out to be a writer.

Jerry Spinelli

I seem to have a natural tendency to want to share my own observations and feelings with other people, and writing seems to be the way I’m best equipped to do that.

Jerry Spinelli

Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to get published. I wrote four novels that nobody wanted, sent them out all over, collected hundreds and hundreds of rejection slips.

Jerry Spinelli

Kids still can be said to live in their own little world. Even if their parents are helicoptering around them, assigning play dates and so forth, I think they’re still living in some sense of their own little perceptual worlds.

Jerry Spinelli

Now I don’t really write for adults or kids – I don’t write for kids, I write about them. I think you need to do that, otherwise you end up preaching down.

Jerry Spinelli

Usually it takes me about nine to 12 months to write a book.

Jerry Spinelli

I became a children’s author by accident.

Jerry Spinelli

I’ve been writing since I was sixteen. At first, I wrote mostly short stories and poetry. The first thing I ever had published was a poem about a football game. It was printed in my local newspaper.

Jerry Spinelli

My first four books were not published because nobody wanted them. They were adult books, not kids’ books.

Jerry Spinelli

I don’t really write for adults or kids – I don’t write for kids, I write about them. I think you need to do that; otherwise, you end up preaching down. You need to listen not so much to the audience but to the story itself.

Jerry Spinelli

I pointedly avoid doing sequels, since for the most part I find that a sequel rarely stands up to the original.

Jerry Spinelli

Actually, between books is precisely when I do give myself vacations.

Jerry Spinelli

I played Little League in junior high and high school.

Jerry Spinelli

Sometimes I’m asked if I do research for my stories. The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first fifteen years of my life turned out to be one big research project.

Jerry Spinelli

I never became a cowboy or baseball player, and now I’m beginning to wonder if I ever really became a writer. I find that I hesitate to put that label on myself, to define myself by what I do for a living.

Jerry Spinelli

In ‘Hokey Pokey,’ bikes are kind of more than bikes alone. They become mustangs; they become creatures that rip up the dust as they gallop across the Great Plains.

Jerry Spinelli

There are bits and pieces of me probably in every one of my 35 or so books.

Jerry Spinelli

I would say if you want to write, write what you care about. I think that’s the most important thing. I think if you write what you care about, you stand a better chance of having the reader care about your story.

Jerry Spinelli

I’m remembering one book that I wrote, ‘Fourth Grade Rats,’ that took a month to write, but most of them, full-length novels, I would say about a year.

Jerry Spinelli

Even including myself, my favorite author is Eileen Spinelli, who I happen to live with. She’s a terrific writer and has written several of my all-time favorites.

Jerry Spinelli

Once, I was out of the house 93 days in a year. I was missing grandparents’ days at schools and kids’ birthdays and Valentine’s Day, not to mention the fact that when you’re on the road, you can’t get anything done. I had to learn to say ‘No,’ cut back on travel.

Jerry Spinelli

I spend more time being what I am: a writer, not the visiting celebrity.

Jerry Spinelli

When people hear I have six kids and 16 grandkids, they think, ‘Oh, boy, you must get a lot of stories from them.’ I don’t. It’s not like I’m behind the sofa in the living room taking notes while the grandkids carry on.

Jerry Spinelli

More often than not, my reference point is not the kids or the grandkids but myself when I was that age. I remember the days at Hartranft Elementary and Stewart Junior High in Norristown.

Jerry Spinelli

Most people are looking for a challenging, interesting job. I wanted a boring, undemanding job so that I could forget about it at 5, so that I would have something left over at the end of the day to do my own stuff.

Jerry Spinelli

I became a children’s author by accident. As far as I’m concerned, I write for everybody.

Jerry Spinelli

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