Anne Tyler Quotes

45 Anne Tyler quotes:

"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."
"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
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"People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have."
"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."
"And I am interested in the fact that class is very much a factor in America, even though it's not supposed to be."
"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."
"For me, writing something down was the only road out."
"For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood."
"I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble - some balk every step of the way, others seem to write themselves - but certainly the mechanics of writing, finding the time and the psychic space,are easier now that my children are grown."
"I consciously try to end my novels at a point where I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again."
"I didn't really choose to write; I more or less fell into it."
"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 don't want to say I hear voices; well, actually I do hear voices, but I don't think it's supernatural. I think it's just that when characters are given enough texture and backbone, then lo and behold, they stand on their own."
"I expect that any day now, I will have said all I have to say; I'll have used up all my characters, and then I'll be free to get on with my real life."
"I forget a book as soon as I finish writing it, which is not always a good thing."
"I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story, and I don't give a thought to influences or method or any other writerly concerns."

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