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Anne Tyler Quotes


45 Anne Tyler quotes:



"I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?"
"The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning."
"When I read, I'm purely a reader."
"I remember leaving the hospital - thinking, 'Wait, are they going to let me just walk off with him? I don't know beans about babies! I don't have a license to do this.' We're just amateurs."
"I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely."
"My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy."
"If I waited till I felt like writing, I'd never write at all."
"In real life I avoid all parties altogether, but on paper I can mingle with the best of them."
"At most I'll spend three or four hours daily, sometimes less."
"But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer."
"I do write long, long character notes - family background, history, details of appearance - much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage."
"I spend about a year between novels."
"I think it must be very hard to be one of the new young writers who are urged to put themselves forward when it may be the last thing on earth they'd be good at."
"I was standing in the schoolyard waiting for a child when another mother came up to me. Have you found work yet? she asked. Or are you still just writing?"
"I'll write maybe one long paragraph describing the events, then a page or two breaking the events into chapters, and then reams of pages delving into my characters. After that, I'm ready to begin."
"It's true that it's a solitary occupation, but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them."
"My stories are never quite good enough."
"Not until the final draft do I force myself to remember that I'm going to have to think about how it will affect other people."
"She worded it a bit strongly, but I do find myself more and more struck by the differences between the sexes. To put it another way: All marriages are mixed marriages."
"The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest."



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