Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Tom Clancy

Thanks to Colleen over at Silver Threading for facilitating this weekly community event.

I am not a fan of the genres of spy or military fiction.  I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything of this nature.  That being said, I pretty much would have had to be living under a rock since 1984 to not know who Tom Clancy was.  With the publication of The Hunt for Red October in 1984, the former insurance agent began a literary career that spanned three decades and made him a household name.

WQW Clancy

The acclaimed spy novelist had the same sort of advice other authors offer – if you want to be a writer just write.  Of course Clancy delivered that message in a very simple direct way – just damn write or as he is quoted here, “I do not over-intellectualize the production process.  I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”


Image courtesy of author’s Facebook fan page.

Clancy who was known for the authenticity and technical accuracy of his novels was presumably a great researcher.  It is in the research, I imagine he spent a great deal of his time and effort.  And when it came to writing a novel out of that research, he just damn wrote it.  A model that clearly was successful for him.

Throughout his career, Clancy collaborated with other authors in co-writing some  of his books.  He also developed a brand of video games and books that were part of Clancy’s storyline but authored by other writers.

For a complete bibliography of Clancy’s work including books that were turned into movies both on the big screen and for television visit his Wikipedia bibliography page.

For information on Clancy visit his wikipedia page, Facebook page or website.



4 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Tom Clancy

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