Top Quotes from Jennifer Weiner

By | May 9, 2017

I think it’s a very old and deep-seated double standard that holds that when a man writes about family and feelings, it’s literature with a capital L, but when a woman considers the same topics, it’s romance, or a beach book – in short, it’s something unworthy of a serious critic’s attention.

Jennifer Weiner

The difference between people who believe they have books inside of them and those who actually write books is sheer cussed persistence – the ability to make yourself work at your craft, every day – the belief, even in the face of obstacles, that you’ve got something worth saying.

Jennifer Weiner

I don’t write literary fiction – I write books that are entertaining, but are also, I hope, well-constructed and thoughtful and funny and have things to say about men and women and families and children and life in America today.

Jennifer Weiner

If you write chick lit, and if you’re a New Yorker, and if your book becomes the topic of pop-culture fascination, the paper might make dismissive and ignorant mention of your book. If you write romance, forget about it. You’ll be lucky if they spell your name right on the bestseller list.

Jennifer Weiner

There’s something really nice about writing something on Wednesday and watching it being performed live for a studio audience on Tuesday. You never really get that with novels.

Jennifer Weiner

Having a day job again I found really kind of fueled my fiction, because it became almost this forbidden thing where I had to sneak off and do it in private.

Jennifer Weiner

I’ve always been interested in the economics of reproduction, who gets what they want when it comes to childbearing and how these days, money is a tremendous advantage.

Jennifer Weiner

I’m not in charge of my life.

Jennifer Weiner

I’m not cut out to be a famous person; I can’t do my hair and makeup well enough.

Jennifer Weiner

I went to Princeton, I minored in women’s studies.

Jennifer Weiner

I don’t particularly like being angry about stuff. I’d rather hang out with my daughter and write my little books.

Jennifer Weiner

If you write thrillers or mysteries or horror fiction or quote-unquote speculative fiction, men might read you, and the ‘Times’ might notice you.

Jennifer Weiner

I was an English major in college, took a ton of creative writing courses, and was a newspaper reporter for 10 years.

Jennifer Weiner

Character is character and voice is voice, which translates nicely from writing novels to writing TV. But the process is different. You have a writer’s room, people pitch you jokes and you collaborate.

Jennifer Weiner

Instead of hoping that some day the boys’ club will open its doors, we can form our own clubs, define ‘worthy’ our own way, and celebrate the books and voices that we decide deserve celebration.

Jennifer Weiner

Being a novelist is hard for anyone – male or female. You don’t get to quit your day job.

Jennifer Weiner

I wrote my first books when I was single and then I got married and then had a kid and there were different things happening in my life.

Jennifer Weiner

Right now women are using surrogates because they can’t be pregnant. What worries me is the possibility that soon they’ll use surrogates because they don’t want to be pregnant.

Jennifer Weiner

Whenever people with money have power over people with less money, you have the potential for exploitation.

Jennifer Weiner

Every mother I’ve ever met, pretty much without exception, is doing the best job she can ever do.

Jennifer Weiner

People say I’m not good at writing about men. My dad left when I was 16. Give me a break. I’m doing the best I can.

Jennifer Weiner

I sometimes read about authors who say they require a perfectly silent room maintained at precisely 68 degrees, with trash bags taped over the windows and a white-noise machine in the corner to write, and I think, ‘Who are these people, and do any of them have kids?’

Jennifer Weiner

My feeling about my own work is, I could be writing ‘The Aeneid’ and they would still have to call it chick lit or mommy lit or menopausal old hag lit.

Jennifer Weiner

My book sales make ‘real writers’ possible.

Jennifer Weiner

Women are far and away the bigger consumers of fiction than men, but men are still far and away the more reviewed, the more critically esteemed, the more respected. That can get frustrating.

Jennifer Weiner

People are always coming up to me with my books and saying, ‘You write these things I think but I could never say.’

Jennifer Weiner

I wonder if novels work for women because they give us a safe place to talk about our ish.

Jennifer Weiner

I can carry a tune with a three-note range. Once I’m out of that range, I’m in trouble.

Jennifer Weiner

Many writers secretly long to be performers. You always get the ‘if you weren’t a writer’ question. I would be a back-up singer, to stand in the back and go like ‘do, do, do.’

Jennifer Weiner

I get really starstruck and tongue tied when I’m around other writers and the conversation tends not to go well.

Jennifer Weiner

Money is a tremendous advantage in just about everything, but in terms of reproduction, if you’re a poor woman and you are infertile, it’s like too bad, so sad. And if you are a wealthy woman, you can kind of buy whatever you want.

Jennifer Weiner

I also believe that if you’re really a writer, you’ll write, and that nobody could stop you.

Jennifer Weiner

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